Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Orson Charles to enter the NFL draft
By Edward Aschoff
One of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray's top offensive weapons won't return to help the Bulldogs defend their SEC Eastern Division title in 2012.
Junior tight end Orson Charles will announce Wednesday that he is forgoing his senior season and will enter April's NFL draft, sources told ESPN.com's Chris Low and Mark Schlabach.
Charles was a finalist for the John Mackey Award as the country's top tight end and was an All-SEC performer in 2011 after catching 45 passes for 574 yards and five touchdowns.
He has been one of Murray's most reliable targets the past two years and showed that he could sometimes be a total mismatch for defenders with his size and speed at the tight end position.
During his three years at Georgia, Charles caught 94 passes for 1,370 yards and 10 touchdowns.
While Georgia does take a hit offensively with Charles' departure, the Bulldogs do return leading receivers Tavarres King and Malcolm Mitchell, who combined for 92 receptions for 1,370 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.