"I am very excited," Will Muschamp said of Jake McGee. He is a guy that has tremendous ball skills and is a very good athlete," Muschamp said. "(He's) 6-foot-5.5, 245 pounds, he runs extremely well. I think he is a good addition to our team and certainly can compete well."
Jordan Reed was the leading receiver for the Gators in 2012 and a real weapon at the position that has moved on to the NFL and is doing his thing at a high level in that league as well. A talent like that can bring a lot to the table besides just catches.
"We had a very good player in Jordan Reed and to not have that production in that position was a bit different," Muschamp said. "To be able to have a guy that defenses need to know how to account for if he is a receiver or tight end, you can create a three man blocking surface. It changes things in the running game and protection and how people will attack you."
Now that position has become even more of a receiver than in the previous two years. As an extension of the offensive line more often than not, the Gators went almost exclusively to using the tight end as a blocker, but the position has changed dramatically and that is where Jake McGee comes in.
"We're not asking a guy to play on the surface as much and that needs to get movement on the 6-technique that needs to be able to reach on a 6-5, 270 pound kid," Muschamp said. "That is different and not what we are looking for as far as a blocking description. We all want him to be able to stretch the field and get the matchups on the linebackers and safeties, but the other part has."