How Good Can Charlie Woerner Be?

ATHENS - That there are five tight ends on scholarship doesn’t mean they are all the same.

That Charlie Woerner was recruited as a jumbo athlete and happens to play tight end now makes him a little different than the other four players at his spot. At 251 pounds, Woerner is listed as the largest tight end of the Bulldogs; he’s also the tallest at 6-5. 

And the sky is the limit for the Rabun County product according to his head coach. 

“He has an exceptional skill set,” Kirby Smart said on Tuesday. “He can run fast. He can come in and out of breaks, and he’s a pretty good blocker.”

Woerner started two of the first three games of the 2016 season. He played the entire year save the Tennessee game. Woerner had a catch in the UNC, Nichols, Vanderbilt, Florida and Auburn games. He was used primarily as an in-line blocker while fellow true freshman Isaac Nauta went out to catch balls. 

Nauta ended the season as the Bulldogs’ third-leading receiver with 361 yards receiving. Woerner only had 50 on the season. But the future for those two, and Woerner specifically, could be what happens if the Bulldogs adjust their offensive sets to feature the tight ends more. 

“It is about growth for him,” Kirby continued about Woerner. “Being comfortable playing in space and been able to block a lot of big people inside. Those are all situations we are trying to put him in every day in practice.”

Woerner has the ability to provide the Bulldogs with awkward slot match ups. Insiders say he’s got tremendous upside, but that he’s raw. They add that he was confused at the start of the season with some responsibilities he had, and that showed up on film. 

But that hasn’t muted any of Kirby’s hope for the rising sophomore’s future. 

“He’s a kid who works, too,” Kirby said. “He comes to work every day, and he will fight you tooth and nail. Charle’s biggest challenge, really, is Charlie. Its to look in the mirror and say: ‘Hey, how good do I want to be?’”

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