Hunter Atkinson decided college football, at least at this stage in his life, wasn’t for him. Good luck to him, but what does that mean for the Georgia Bulldogs who are now a man down at the tight end spot? Well, the time to panic isn’t necessarily going to be now, there is still plenty of talent left at the tight end position the problem is that it’s inexperienced, and it was bound to be that with or without Atkinson.
Jay Rome is still believed to have the greatest likelihood of stepping into Arthur Lynch’s vacated shoes, but nagging injuries have slowed him thus far and it makes you gun shy about pegging him for a breakout season, at least for now, until he’s back on the field in a more substantial way than we’ve seen thus far.
Jordan Davis is certainly skilled, but his best asset still appears to be as a blocker, and while that certainly helps the Bulldogs from a pass and run blocking standpoint, you’d like to see him mature into a more balanced player so he can contribute a more well-rounded way.
Jeb Blazevich could be a sure-fire contributor this season, but we’ll have to see how he progresses during the summer.
That said, the natural inclination is to look to 2015 to snag a talent, so that you have more options going into next season should any of the above not pan out. However, the best bet would be to throw the kitchen sink at 2016 prospect Charlie Woerner (yes, he’s related to former Georgia Bulldog defensive great Scott Woerner) and leave 2015 alone (save that spot for another defensive player or offensive lineman); take a quick look at the video below:
You can see from the film that Woerner is already an absolute handful on the football field. His size, his speed, his hands, and body control are all very impressive; and even though he is playing in a small county (AA) where the competition is not nearly as daunting as it would be in other places, there is no denying his athleticism and potential for growing into something special with time.
As of now he’s considered an athlete but, at 6’5, 220, and still growing, he could certainly become a force at the tight end position.
It’ll be interesting to see what the Georgia Bulldogs will do, but with a talent like Woerner waiting in the wings, I wouldn’t mind seeing them roll the dice on 2016.