Notebook: Patience pays off for Lynch

ATHENS, Ga. -- Arthur Lynch preached patience last week when discussing how Georgia’s tight ends had just one reception to their credit in the Bulldogs’ first two games.

Lynch’s patience finally paid off in Saturday night’s win against Florida Atlantic, with the junior catching three passes for 73 yards and his first college touchdown. And he could have finished with four grabs for 101 yards, but a holding penalty against center David Andrews canceled out a 28-yard Lynch catch in the third quarter.

“All my guys, all my friends and random fraternity guys on campus would be like, ‘You guys have got to come on. Tight ends, tight ends.’ It was like, ‘Be patient guys. It’ll happen.’ And it did. We had some great plays called and we executed them when we had to.”

Before the FAU game, Lynch had only two career catches for 17 yards. Both catches came against Tennessee Tech as a freshman in 2009. Now that he has contributed again as a receiver, Lynch feels less burdened by the tight ends’ initial decreased role in the passing game.

“I felt good about it,” Lynch said. “Now we can just focus on Vandy and I can get the jitters out of my system about catching my first ball of the season.”