Athens, GA - Georgia sophomore Orson Charles has been named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week following his performance against Florida, according to an announcement from the Nassau County Sports Commission.
Charles, a 6-3, 240-pound native of Tampa, Fla., registered career highs in both catches (six) and yards receiving (108) and had a touchdown versus the Gators as he reached the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career. His 29-yard touchdown catch evened the score at 24-all after the Bulldogs had fallen behind 21-7 earlier in the contest.
The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award, which is given to the nation’s top tight end. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by tight ends during the active season. Charles is the first tight end from the Southeastern Conference to earn this award in 2010.
The 2010 recipient of the John Mackey Award will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on ESPN December 9.
Starting eight of nine games in 2010, Charles is the team’s fourth-leading receiver with 247 yards on 16 catches. He was a Freshman All-American following the 2009 season after hauling in 23 catches for 374 yards and three touchdowns.
Georgia (4-5, 3-4 SEC) hosts Idaho State (1-7, 0-6 Big Sky) at Sanford Stadium on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised by WSB.
2010 John Mackey Tight Ends of the Week
Week 1 - Virgil Green, Nevada
Week 2 - Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
Week 3 - Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
Week 4 - Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
Week 5 - Collin Franklin, Iowa State
Week 6 - Michael Egnew, Missouri
Week 7 - Ben Thayer, Eastern Michigan
Week 8 - Mike Cruz, Pittsburgh
Week 9 - Orson Charles, Georgia