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Quarterback Aaron Murray has built trust with the pair of tight ends.
The pair, both inexperienced entering this season, have gone from an afterthought in the passing game to a key part of it. Much of that was due to injuries at receiver, but when the balls started coming their way more, the two took advantage.
"It's me trusting them more," quarterback Aaron Murray said. "At the beginning of the season I was, ‘Hey, I've got so many receivers I'm just gonna throw to receivers that's one-on-one coverage.' But, now it's, ‘Hey, I've got these tight ends, they've gained my trust with how they've played in games, with how they've practiced. I'm gonna start going to them more.' "
Lynch, a junior out of Massachusetts, has caught 21 passes this season for 394 yards and two touchdowns. Rome, a sophomore out of Georgia, is eighth on the team with 152 yards on 11 catches. He also has a pair of receiving touchdowns.
Both had big roles in the SEC Championship game against Alabama. Lynch caught three passes for 50 yards, including a 26-yard grab. Rome only had one catch on the day, but it was a 19-yard touchdown grab to put the Bulldogs up, 7-0, in the first quarter.
The duo's dependability has helped Murray, who is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country. Murray completed 65 percent of his passes this season for 3,466 yards and 31 touchdowns.
The pair will look for another good game together when their team plays Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013.