How many years has that particular line of thinking been in rotation? Far too long if you ask most and, to be honest, Kirby Smart seems to understand that’s something Georgia still hasn’t done nearly as well as it should.
“I want to use the tight ends. We all want to use the tight ends,” Smart said. “But you have to use your best players. So that should tell you something. We’re going to try and put the best 11 out there. When there are two tight ends out there, there is usually one back. We’ve got two pretty good backs. (Jason Butts, Macon Telegraph)
In other words, Georgia plans to run the ball as much as possible.
They have too many good running backs on the team to sit them in favor of a tight end that, may or may not, factor into the game plan as anything more than an additional blocker.
That doesn’t mean they won’t be used, it means they’ll be used in the way they were traditionally intended: a blocker with some value as a receiver depending on the situation.
Smart understands he has depth at the tight end position, but for now he appears to be more interested in building an offense that works off the success of the run–understandable given the presence of not only Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, but Brian Herrien as well.
However, you also want to make sure when you’re fielding your “best 11”, one of those is a tight end.
You won’t get the best of the best, at that position, to sign on at Georgiaif you’re not displaying a willingness to throw them a bone every now and again.
As of now, Isaac Nauta and Charlie Woerner appear to be on track to contribute the most next season. However, I’m also interested to see Jackson Harris play a bigger role.
In any event, much of their success with depend on how well Jim Chaney incorporates them into his game plan.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.