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DawgPost Breakdown: Tight End

A position group Georgia feels very good good about going into the summer is tight end. The Bulldogs have been known to produce great tight ends over the years, and this might be the most talented group they have had in a long time

Jeb Blazevich, Junior:

Two seasons ago, it looked like Blazevich would become a star as he started 10 games, catching 18 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman.  While he turned into a major target in the passing game, Blazechich made himself known on the team as a terrific run blocker, especially for a young player.

Going into last season, Blazevich took reins of the starting job over veterans Jordan Davis and Jay Rome.  The run game was going to be the strength of the team, and the tight end position was going to play a critical role in how the offense was going to move the ball.  Unfortunately, the offense was anemic, and Blazechichs numbers took a hit as he caught 15 passes for 144 yards and only one touchdown.

With a change in the offense, look for Blazevich to look more like he did as a freshman compared to last season.  The 6-foot-5 248-pound Blazevich has the hands, knowledge, and blocking ability to be one of the best tight ends in the conference in the 2016 season, and is a former four-star recruit from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jackson Harris, Sophomore:

Maybe the most underrated player on the team, Harris is a player who has really stepped up this spring.  The tight end position was crowded when Jackson arrived in Athens last year, and it looked like he was a prime candidate for a redshirt.  As it turned out, Harris proved to the coaches he was ready to play in his first year, as he played in 12 games, catching four passes for 50 yards.  

The 6-foot-6 247-pound sophomore has great size, and was primarily used as a blocker in a reserve role last season.  Look for Harris to continue seeing the field often in 2016.

The former four-star recruit from Columbia, Tennessee caught 7 passes for 53 yards in last week's G-day scrimmage.

Isaac Nauta, Freshman:

One of the highest ranked recruits in the 2016 class, Nauta enrolled at Georgia early in January, and is already making a splash in practice.  Nauta has established an early connection with quarterback Jacob Eason, and had a strong G-day scrimmage catching 6 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Nauta already has the size needed at 6-foot-4 237-pound, and while he is looking at early playing time, he still needs to work on run blocking.  In passing situations Nauta brings so much to the table with his strong hands and athletic ability after the catch.  Once he has the ball, he is very tough to bring down, and makes the defense use two or three defenders to bring him down.

Junior Jordan Davis and freshman Charlie Woerner will add depth to an already talented position group.


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