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Valdosta's Rome named to Mackey watch list

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ATHENS, GA (WALB) - The University of Georgia has built a reputation as Tight End U in recent years.

From Randy McMichael to Arthur Lynch, Athens has been full of productive tight ends.

Valdosta native Jay Rome hopes to be the next in line.

The former VHS Wildcat is one of 40 tight ends on the preseason watch list for the Mackey Award, given to the nation's best at the position.

Rome snagged nine passes for 99 yards in eight games in 2013. He missed the final four games of the season with an injury.

He'll be expected to step up into the number one tight end role after the graduation of Arthur Lynch.

Fans hope to see some of the promise Rome showed during his freshman season, when he caught 11 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

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