The eye popping 16.3 yards per catch for a tight end is something DeAndre Goolsby can build on in 2016, but he knows he has to stay on top of his game and says the other guys in his unit are making him work hard to get what he can.
“There is always someone out there trying to beat you,” Goolsby said at Florida’s Media Day last week. “You have to put in the time and effort.”
McGee caught 41 passes a year ago, a promising sign for the position in terms of what the staff looks to target on offense. Goolsby understands he won’t be able to do it all alone and has been helping the less experienced guys like Moral Stephens and Camrin Knight strengthen the unit.
“Being a more experienced guy I just feel like I can help the younger guys,” he said before saying what he feels about the offense the gators run now. “Just how involved in the offense the tight ends are in general. I feel that Coach Mac has put up a scheme that will benefit us in the long run. I am just looking forward to getting going in this camp and into the season.”
That doesn’t mean Goolsby isn’t ready to have a big year and wants to make sure he can be a focus of the things they are doing. He has some personal goals for the year and one includes winning the Mackey Award as the nation’s best tight end. He was put on the Mackey watch list in the preseason.
“Other than being the best I can be, yes,” he said in terms of his goals. “The Mackey thing came out. I used to always want to win that, so definitely going after that this year will be a big part of my game.
He also believes the Gators are going to take a big step forward on offense and it has everything to do with an influx of talent brought in by the staff.
“Coach Mac and the staff have done a good job of recruiting in the offseason,” he said. “Getting everybody involved, I think we are going to have a lot of explosive players this year.
“We pride ourselves in being the best offense in the country, so we are looking to make that a force this year.”