Tight end Jay Rome had a big G-Day showing, but Georgia coach Mark Richt was somewhat critical Saturday of the redshirt freshman‚Äôs preseason practice habits.
‚ÄúJay‚Äôs made more plays in the passing game than he has in the run game,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think Jay has practiced as hard as he needs to to really become a great player. He‚Äôs learning. He‚Äôs like a lot of young guys. You‚Äôve got to learn the tempo and what it takes. He‚Äôs just got to make sure that every day he comes to work to get better at everything he does.‚Äù
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Rome, a four-star recruit from Valdosta High, is behind Arthur Lynch at the position. Rome played basketball this winter for the Bulldogs and had two catches for 73 yards in the spring game.
‚ÄúAs the fans have seen, he‚Äôs shown up in the stats,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs got ability, but it‚Äôs got to be an every-day, every-play-type thing to get to the point where he can master his position.‚Äù.