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Predicting the Starters: Part 4

It's Day 4 of our position predictions for the Bulldogs, which brings us to
the tight ends.
Historically - particularly in the 15 years Mark Richt has been in
Athens, the Bulldogs have produced a long line of capable tight ends, players
who unlike at some schools, have played a big role in the overall offensive
scheme.
That's not expected to change under new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who quite likely will add some new wrinkles to the position
that he'll bring from his many years in the NFL.
Below, let's take a look at what we can expect this fall.
• Who's starting? - Jeb Blazevich burst on the scene last fall,
taking over for the injured Jay Rome, starting Georgia's final 10
games en route to earning Freshman All-SEC honors after catching 18 passes for
269 yards and two touchdowns - both against Kentucky. Look for more of
the same this fall. Even with Jay Rome finally healthy, Blazevich has asserted
himself as one of the top young tight ends in the SEC and should be a favorite
target of whomever winds up winning the quarterback battle this fall. At
6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, there's no reason to think Blazevich won't be able to
better his numbers from a season ago as he continues to be an integral part of
Georgia's offensive game plan.
We did see Schottenheimer use two tight ends in the G-Day game though, and
Rome is back to form. He missed last spring and was injured most of last fall.
When he was on the field, Rome was playing through pain. Now he is back
and was seen working in the No. 1 spot in some spring drills. Blazevich can do double
duty as a wide receiver so it would not be surprising to see Rome lined up at
tight end with Blazevich out wide at the same time -- especially considering the
uncertainty in Georgia's receiver corps.
• Others to watch: Also worth noting, Rome is back for his senior year and has
been called a leader by his teammates. Rome needs to have a big year. Foot and
ankle injuries have kept the Valdosta native off the field more times than not
in recent years, but if he can stay healthy there's no reason Rome can't combine
with Blazevich to give Georgia one of the better tandems in the entire SEC. Redshirt sophomore Jordan Davis and freshman Jackson Harris will
also get their opportunities. Davis played in six games for the Bulldogs last
fall catching three passes for 66 yards and seemed to make additional strides
this spring. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Harris is the largest of Georgia's four
scholarship tight end and asserted himself well during spring practice. Harris
enrolled early and went through spring camp. An old-school throwback, Harris is
tough as nails and a quick study. The extra instruction he received this spring
will pay dividends this fall.