This year it’s Jackson Harris, a 6-foot-6, 247-pound product of Columbia, Tenn. Harris saw extensive playing time in Georgia’s season opener in a game the Bulldogs relied on two tight end sets.
“He just kept his head down and worked hard and just progressed every day and tried to master his craft,” Blazevich said of the early enrollee. “He was coming along great, he still is. He’s doing a good job. He deserves to be on the field.”
Interview requests for Harris were turned down this week by Georgia, but he did speak to his hometown Columbia Daily Herald.
“I had a pretty good game, I got in quite a bit,” Harris said. “I kind of knew going into it that I would be playing a lot, and it’s just one of those things that you never really know till you get out there, but it was definitely exciting.”
Harris, who expects to have family and friends at Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt in a return to his home state, talked about blocking for a Nick Chubb touchdown run.
“I was actually on the backside, trying to do a cutoff block and we did a good job cutting off,” Harris said. “Nick ended up cutting back towards my side. I cut off my guy to help make a gap, and he did a good job running, making a guy miss and helped us get the first touchdown.”
Offensive tackle John Theus pointed out that Harris has smarts and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
“He’s a big guy, knows his stuff and of you know your stuff, you can get out there on the field,” he said.
Fifth-year senior Jay Rome saw limited action but Richt said he remains in the plans at the position.
“Jackson’s had a really good camp,” Richt said. “He’s earned the right to play. We’ll see Jay, too. He’s done a good job for us.”