April 19, 2007

Positional Breakdown: TE

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Questions heading into spring
  • Will Tripp Chandler be ready to take over as the number one tight end?
  • How much work will NaDerris Ward be able to do this spring?
  • Can Coleman Watson finally emerge as a threat at tight end?

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2006: 2 REC 37 YDSs 1 TD. Career: Same.

Backup
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2006: 1 REC 13 YDSs 1 TD. Career: Same.

Reserve/Injured
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Biggest surprise of spring
Tripp Chandler. Chandler did not play as much as he could have in 2006 because the coaches lack confidence in his blocking. Chandler came out this spring and drastically improved his blocking and emerged as the type of tight end that tight end coach David Johnson when they brought him in from Woodstock, Georgia.

Looking over his shoulder
Coleman Watson. Watson has struggled to find the playing field during his tenure in Athens and as a senior he may end up third or fourth on the depth chart behind NaDerris Ward and in coming freshman Bruce Figgins. Watson missed all of the spring with a sports hernia and was unable to participate in any drills this spring. Ward despite a shoulder injury worked some in the offense and the coaches think he will be a future starter at Georgia.



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