If there ever was a poster child for his enthusiasm regarding the Georgia football program, sophomore tight end Orson Charles would win the job hands down.
When Charles arrived for post-practice interviews following Saturday's full-pad workout at Sanford Stadium, his right leg was chewed up and bloodied as if someone had taken a piece of sandpaper and rubbed it several times to break the skin.
Certainly, tending to his injury would seem more important than speaking with a couple of Bulldog beat writers.
Charles' eyes grew as a big as saucers and a huge smile enveloped his entire face as he talked about Georgia's first day in full pads.
"Oh my gosh!" Charles exclaimed. "Man, I missed being out there. It was SO GOOD to get out there and get going with the boys and just competing. There's nothing like it, man, nothing like it at all."
From Charles' perspective, he's got a lot to be excited for.
Although many fans - Charles included - are expecting the 6-foot-3, 235 pounder to play an integral role in the Bulldogs' offense, he's also jacked about the depth of his position as a whole.
Hearing Charles rattle off the names of Bruce Figgins, Aron White, Arthur Lynch and [/db]Derek Rich [/db] is akin listening to the late TV pitch man Billy Mays hawking something to clean your bathroom tile.
"Man, it's just a great group, just phenomenal," Charles said. "We each bring something a little different to the table. I think we're going to be fun to watch."
Figgins said he's going to do his part.
Back after a redshirt year, Figgins laughed that he doesn't bring quite the same outgoing personality to the table as his younger teammate. He does, however, try to make up for it on the practice field.
"I try to be very enthusiastic in practice and in workouts. I try to bring that mentality to the other tight ends and the offense," he said. "I know a lot of people think that the defense is supposed to be the guys, the bullies, the guys who get the team going with the big hits, but I'm always the one who says why not the tight ends, why not the offense so I'm trying to bring that to the table."
It's definitely an eclectic group of players that position coach John Lilly has to work with.
From Figgins and White, to the affable Charles and Massachusetts native Lynch, the Bulldogs boast a group of tight ends that potentially could be one of the better units in the SEC.
"Everybody has their own personality and I think we blend in well together," Figgins said. "We all feed off each other and our personalities bring out a lot of competitiveness within us, but we all work well together."
Charles said that Lilly and offensive coach Mike Bobo are already installing plays that will get the most out of their respective abilities.
Another huge smile crept across his face as he talked about their potential.
"They're really trying to get us the ball and we're deep. We've got athletes up and down the room," Charles said. "We've all got things we need to work on, but at the same time we've got things that we're real good at."
The competition is helping everyone involved.
"Man, no question. Competition is everywhere," Charles said. "How can I get better if I don't have competition? How can Aaron (Murray) get better if Zach (Mettenberger) and Logan (Gray) aren't pushing him? It's everywhere, man, it's everywhere. That's how you get better."
That includes Georgia's 3-on-3 drills where Charles and his fellow tight ends hope to keep their perfect record intact when they continue those particular drills.
"We're undefeated so far," Charles beamed. "We're going to try and keep our title."
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