June 11, 2007

Ward's role suddenly increased

With a likely two-game suspension looming over the head over starting tight end Tripp Chandler redshirt freshman NaDerris Ward will be tested heavily this fall as he tries to secure a position at the top of the depth chart.

With the news of Chandler's arrest and probable suspension on the horizon Ward and senior Coleman Watson will get the first look with the number one offense in fall camp.

Watson has not played much in his four years in Athens and he was projected to be the number three tight end this fall. Ward on the other hand has a tremendous upside, but he has been limited since last fall when he injured his shoulder in practice.

Ward went through pass drills and did what he could this spring, but he was not healthy enough to hit or block which is extremely important in Georgia's tight end scheme.

Tight ends coach David Johnson also has two high school tight ends coming in this fall in Bruce Figgins and Aron White, though White has been slated to play wide receiver so far. Coach Johnson could opt to play either of the true freshmen as backups or they could push Ward and Watson for playing time.

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