LSU tight end Colin Jeter played in seven SEC games last year, but he didn’t get his first real introduction to the conference until this past weekend.
Brandon Harris launched him a pass early in the second quarter against Auburn. The throw was high, so Jeter leapt to bring it down. That left him exposed to Auburn DB Blake Countess.
Jeter came down with the ball, but almost instantaneously, Countess delivered a clean shot straight to his sternum.
“That’s the first hit I’ve ever had where I couldn’t immediately get up,” Jeter said. “That one hurt the most.”
Jeter eventually caught his breath and returned to the game after a short break. The hit may have hurt in the moment, but Jeter was still riding high after getting his first career touchdown earlier in the contest.
LSU was at the Auburn 1-yard line on its second offensive possession of the game. Facing third down, Harris faked a handoff to Leonard Fournette, rolled out to his right and found a wide-open Jeter for the touchdown.
That was only the second touchdown to a tight end since 2011, the first since Logan Stokes’ game-winner against Ole Miss last year.
The LSU tight ends expected to be a bigger part of the offense in 2015, and they are starting to see some results. They’ve been targeted 8 times this season and have 4 receptions. The entire position group only had 12 catches all of last year.
“It’s good to see the ball getting spread around,” Jeter said. “Brandon’s not afraid to throw it to any guy. As long as you have his confidence, his respect, he’ll throw you the ball.”
Jeter has earned that in the short time he’s been at LSU.
Jeter arrived at LSU last summer after earning a scholarship at the only post-graduate prospect camp LSU has ever held. The coaches planned to redshirt him, but he forced his way into the action as one of LSU’s more well-rounded tight ends.
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“It’s just the next guy up around here,” Jeter said.