Many more times than Dawg fans care to count, the receiver position’s inexperience has been pointed to as a possible weak spot in the armor of the Georgia offense going into 2019.
One facet that could help offset that perceived inexperience? The tight end position.
Georgia will no doubt miss the physicality and over the middle pass-catching ability of Isaac Nauta - his 430 yards was third-best on the team last year.
But this’ll hardly be the first time around the block for the tight end room. Between one senior, Charlie Woerner and graduate transfer Eli Wolf, this group won’t be short on experience. Toss in redshirt freshman John Fitzpatrick and true freshman Ryland Goede, and it’s a group far from short on talent.
“You want to see some athleticism? Check out Charlie Woerner”
When you look at this Georgia offense and search for those primed for a breakout season, guys like Demetris Robertson, Tyler Simmons or Zamir White come to mind. But you also have to look at Woerner and Wolf as well.
At multiple times of the season Jake Fromm will need a safety valve to dump the ball off to over the middle or find a seam down the middle. That’ll pave an golden opportunity for both Woerner and Wolf...similar to Nauta in recent years.
Woerner had 11 catches for 148 yards last year. That proven experience, plus chemistry with Fromm sets things up for him to have a big year.
And then there’s the Coley factor. If the offensive coordinator, at Kirby Smart’s blessing, throws the ball a bit more than Jim Chaney, it flings the door open for more targets for Georgia’s tight ends.
And then there’s Wolf who started seven games last year for Tennessee. Say what you want about the Vols, but SEC experience is SEC experience. That can’t hurt especially when replacing a guy like Nauta.
If nothing else, the music to be played on the PA system at Sanford Stadium is already set for when Wolf makes a touchdown catch.