Sophomore Jeb Blazevich led the Bulldog TEs in most every category. The 6'5" native of Charlotte, NC played in all 13 games, amassing 144 yards on 15 catches, including a lone touchdown. Wait, that can't be right. /Checks stats again. Dammit. Okay, those numbers are accurate. During his freshman campaign, Blazevich had 18 catches for 269 yards and 2 TDs.... with Hutson Mason throwing to him. Let's all agree to just move on.
The position group last season also included senior Jay Rome (8 catches, 88 yards), freshman Jackson Harris (4 catches, 50 yards), and sophomore Jordan Davis (3 catches, 66 yards). Rome has moved on, but we do return Blazevich and Harris, both of whom came to UGA with 4 star rankings and lots of excitement, and the 6'4" Davis who was a legit 3 star out of Thomson HS. There are others who may play something like a Tight End, as UGA has utilized an H-back/extra blocker/off-set receiver in their formations historically. How Jim Chaney lines it up is talk for another day.
Now let's get to talking about the young whippersnappers competing for ball time.
Isaac Nauta is a 6'4", 237 lb native of Buford, Georgia, but attended the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL last year in order to
further his budding tennis career maximize his recruiting potential. A consensus 5 star prospect, he was the #1 ranked tight end in the 2016 class. Even better, he announced his commitment to UGA at the Army All-American game and essentially went straight to Athens where he is currently enrolled. So he's already getting some face-time and route-running with the stable of QBs on campus (supposedly he's tight with a certain skinnyQB10, and he's rumoured to be a good interview).
Additionally, Kirby Smart and his staff signed the following Tight Ends out of High School in February..... uh, scratch that. So it was a thin class - that doesn't mean we are bereft of opportunity. That gives UGA currently two juniors (Blazevich and Davis), a sophomore (Harris), and a freshman (Nauta). But wait! There's more!
A certain Bulldog football legacy by the name of Charlie Woerner, is also slated to matriculate in the Classic City. From Rabun County, Woerner is a wide receiver but is 6'5", 230 lbs (before the holidays and weight room), and seems ideally suited to line up in the slot, run pick routes, chip DEs, and make big plays. He is a skilled receiver with good hands, good speed, and wonderful size. I don't think we'll know where Woerner contributes until G-Day and the Georgia Dome against UNC, as there are a couple of other WR targets and dominoes to fall. And those may well dictate where Scott Woerner's nephew lines up.
So if you lamented the disappearance of Jay Rome, and the camouflage that Blazevich apparently wore every Saturday last fall, then you'll like that we have some decent options, and potentially the best talent is that which has yet to don the Red & Black in competition. And as always....