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Georgia TE Charles declares for NFL Draft

Georgia junior tight end Orson Charles announced Wednesday that he will skip his final season and enter the NFL Draft.

Charles, a Mackey Award finalist, had 45 catches for 574 yards and five touchdowns this past season. He leaves as the school's all-time leader in receiving yards (1,370) for a tight end.

"The fans stuck with us through a rough season last year and through our struggles this season, and our coaching staff provided me with the tools necessary to make it in football and in life," Charles said in a release. "Either decision I made, I want to be able look back at it and be happy with the choice I made and I think I will with this decision. It was difficult but not stressful to be in a situation where you can't go wrong either way."

The Bulldogs went 10-4 this season and reached the SEC Championship Game, losing to LSU. They then lost in three overtimes to Michigan State in the Outback Bowl.