Freshman tight end Arthur Lynch freely admits that he still gets homesick from time to time.
Being that his hometown of Dartmouth, Mass. is 1,054 miles from Athens that should come as no surprise.
At one point this summer, it got so bad for Lynch that he began second-guessing having signed with Georgia and actually considered transferring.
But that was then.
Although life in the South has presented its own set of special challenges, Lynch told UGASports Tuesday that he no longer regrets his decision and is looking forward to what the future holds.
"Over the summer, I definitely questioned whether or not I wanted to be here or not when I first got here. It was different for me," he said. "I thought about switching it up, maybe going somewhere else, not because I might not get the opportunity to play early, plus it's a good school academically so it was nothing like that."
Basically, Lynch said he just missed being so far from home.
"I'd see all these kids say they're going home, they're going to Atlanta, or wherever it is. I'm sitting here saying I'm stuck here until January and it's tough because you miss your friends, you miss your mom, so there was definitely a time when I wondered if I made the wrong choice," he said. "But one thing I learned is everything happens for a reason in life. I didn't take a visit down here for no reason and I didn't commit here just because I thought it was a cool school. I committed for a reason. I commit to come here and play football, get a degree and that's what I plan on doing."
Lynch thought about coming to Georgia long and hard.
In fact, the affable youngster verbally committed to nearby Boston College before de-committed and decided to come to Athens.
"I'll never say I don't miss home. I'll always miss my family and stuff like that. We're very family oriented and I'm very close to my friends. It's a close-knit place where I come from," he said. "It's a definitely an adjustment, but I like the people here, I like the coaches. You can't beat the coaches here; they're very straight with you. If you go out there and compete every day you'll get on the field. I cannot complain about that."
Still, being so far away from home hasn't been easy, largely due to the loving relationship he has with his mother Carline.
The two are extremely close, talking as much a four times per day.
"That's just how we are. When I was home, it was just me and her every day, always talking, always talking when I got back from school and practice," he said. "She taught me to be a good person, so I just try to meet just as many people here as I can. The community we had was a very close community, everyone was familiar with each other. I love it here, I want to stay here. I like the culture. It's a lot different, but I like it. I like everything about here. It's just far away from home. But I'm the one who chose to come here and I don't regret it a bit."
Lynch hopes to get on the field more as the seasons moves along.
So far, that hasn't exactly been the case.
Although he's played in all three games for the Bulldogs, it's been mostly as a second blocker in short-yardage or goal-line situations.
"Obviously you always want to see yourself out there more. I think they trust me as a blocker, that's the main thing, they really like the way I block, I think, in short yardage situations, goal-line, things like that. I can't complain," Lynch said. "Playing time is playing time, and I'm trying to get on as many special teams as I can. Right now I'm on kickoff return, just trying to get a feel for the game."
Lynch, who is technically the third-team tight end behind Aron White and Orson Charles, is trying to impress coaches as quickly as he can.
With Bruce Figgins set to return for Georgia's Oct. 17 game at Vanderbilt, Lynch knows his playing time could take a bit of a hit. But that doesn't mean he won't keep fighting.
"That's the only thing I can do. That's the way I was brought up, to just go out there and fight, go out there every day and work my butt off, fight and play with a passion," he said. "The minute you take a play off is the minute you're telling the coaches no, he's not ready and I think there times when the coaches might have thought that. But I'm always there; I'm always going to be fighting for more. If in the end they don't put me in the spot, it's not my decision."
Although Lynch would certainly like the opportunity to be on the receiving end of a pass or two from quarterback Joe Cox, he's not complaining.
He said it's impossible to argue against the jobs being done by White and Charles.
So, if for the time being coaches just want to employ Lynch for his blocking abilities then that's fine with him.
"I take pride in my blocking. Obviously I need to work my footsteps and get my technique better, but one thing you've got to do is be tough to block," he said. "You'll never see me out there take the next play off if I get beat. I take that as a personal insult to me. If I miss an assignment, you'll see me hit someone else because that's just the way I was brought up. You can't be a tight end at this level and you definitely can't go to the NFL if you can't block. That's one thing I learned, and that's one reason I came to Georgia."
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