Where Have Georgia’s Tight Ends Been This Season?
The University of Georgia has been known for producing some pretty talented tight ends in recent years, yet this year’s talented group have made little impact in 2017.
Blazevich? Nauta? Bueller? Anyone?
Georgia’s tight ends have had a very little impact in the passing game this season, accounting for only 6 receptions for 53 yards through the first three games.
To put that in perspective, Georgia has accumulated a total of 463 passing yards this seasons. Again, only 53 of those yards have been hauled in by a tight end, a position in which Georgia actually possesses some talent.
Former 5-star recruit and SEC All-Freshman Isaac Nauta, who had 29 catches for 361 yards and 3 touchdowns last year, has only caught 3 passes for 33 yards this season. However, that may have something to do with the absence of close friend and college roommate Jacob Eason, who has been out this season with an injured knee. Last year it seemed as if Nauta was a favorite target of Eason’s, so if Eason does indeed return and takeover as the starting quarterback again, expect Nauta’s numbers to rise significantly.
After a solid freshman year in 2014, tight end Jeb Blazevich has been on a steady decline in terms of production, and this season the Charlotte native has only reeled in one catch.
But to Blazevich, stats do not matter.
“Obviously when we call the passing routes, it’s up to us to get open, and if not, then it’s up to us to get other guys open,” Blazevich said. “As long as our passing game as a whole is doing well and we are able to contribute to that, then that’s all we care about.”
2014: 18 catches, 269 yards
2015: 15 catches, 144 yards
2016: 6 catches, 69 yards
2017 (so far): 1 catch, 12 yards
Hopefully Georgia can find a way to get their tight ends more involved in the receiving game, but if the Dawgs offense can continue to produce then everyone, including Blazevich, will be just fine.