WATCH: Eli Wolf details fascinating journey from Tennessee to Georgia
ATHENS — Eli Wolf checks just about all the boxes as far as college football journeys go, and that made for a fascinating exit interview on Sunday night.
Wolf, over the span of his five-year college career:
• Changed positions from 205-pound high school receiver to tight end
• Went from walk-on to scholarship player at Tennessee and Georgia
• Played alongside his older brother, fellow TE Ethan, with the Vols
• Endured a coaching change in the middle of his career
• Was selected a representative for SEC Media Days
• Was named a game captain for his team at Tennessee
• Missed spring drills but through training came back faster and stronger
• Made the game-clinching catch in Georgia’s biggest rivalry game at Florida
• Became a graduate transfer who played at Georgia and won a Sugar Bowl
That about checks all the boxes, and Wolf is eager to have an opportunity to extend his playing career in the NFL.
The cancellation of Pro Day led Wolf to do his own NFL combine video at the D-1 Training Facility in Knoxville, where he ran a sub-4.5-second time in the 40-yard dash after measuring in a 6-foot-4 1/2 and 245 pounds.
Wolf also had a 35-inch vertical jump, a 10-0 broad jump, pumped out 24 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press, a 4.06 in the 20-yard shuttle and ran a 6.72 in the 3-cone drill.
The numbers compared favorably to his teammates who were at the NFL combine.
D’Andre Swift, 4.49 (6th among running backs)
J.R. Reed, 4.54 (10th among safeties)
Brian Herrien, 4.62 (Outside Top 15 running backs)
Charlie Woerner 4.78 (12th of 15 tight ends)
Jake Fromm 5.01 (13th of 13 quarterbacks)
Andrew Thomas 5.22 (Outside Top 15 offensive linemen)
Isaiah Wilson 5.32 (Outside of Top 15 offensive linemen)
(repetitions of 225 pounds)
Isaiah Wilson 26 (outside of Top 15 offensive linemen)
Charlie Woerner 21 (4th among tight ends)
Andrew Thomas 21 (Outside Top 15 offensive linemen)
Brian Herrien 18 (15th among running backs)
J.R. Reed 15 (13th among safeties)
Brian Herrien 38.5 inches (7th among running backs)
D’Andre Swift 35.5 inches (15th among running backs)
Charlie Woerner 34.5 inches (6th among tight ends)
Andrew Thomas 30.5 inches (10th among offensive linemen)
Jake Fromm 30 inches (8th among quarterbacks)
J.R. Reed 10 feet, 10 inches (6th among safeties)
Brian Herrien 10 feet, 6 inches (4th among running backs)
D’Andre Swift 10 feet, 1 inch (Outside Top 15 RBs)
Charlie Woener 10-0 feet (5th among tight ends)
Jake Fromm 9 feet, 3 inches (9th among quarterbacks)
Isaiah Wilson 9 feet, 2 inches (13th among offensive linemen)
Andrew Thomas 9 feet, 1 inch (Outside of Top 15 offensive linemen)
Charlie Woerner 7.18 seconds (7th among tight ends)
Jake Fromm 7.27 seconds (9th among quarterbacks)
Andrew Thomas 7.58 seconds (4th among offensive linemen)
Isaiah Wilson 8.26 seconds (Outside of Top 15 offensive linemen)
Charlie Woerner 4.46 seconds (10th among tight ends)
Jake Fromm 4.51 seconds (7th among quarterbacks)
Andrew Thomas 4.66 seconds (6th among offensive linemen )
Isaiah Wilson 5.07 seconds (Outside Top 15 offensive linemen)
Wolf’s best moments, however, are on tape from this past season.
It was Wolf who Georgia turned to on a pivotal third-and-7 at the UGA 35-yard line with 2:53 left up by a touchdown.
“We had a timeout and we were on the sideline and Coach (Kirby) Smart leaned over and said, ‘Hey, are you good, are you good to catch this?’
“We knew from practice this is typically the route that’s coming open.”
Still, Wolf said, it was more of a team effort on the play than anything special he did.
“We lined up and saw they were in man coverage, a little inside leverage, (and) I think me and Jake both subconsciously said we know where the ball is going now,” “Wolf said. “There was pressure in (Fromm’s) face, I think (D’Andre) Swift picked it up, and (Fromm) made a good throw with that pressure in his face, and then I just did what I’m supposed to do and caught the ball.
“It was truly a team effort. Everybody that needed to do their job did exactly what they needed to do. It’s cool to hear people talk about it, but the whole offense did their job on that play to put the game away.”
Wolf said he’s ready for whatever comes next, whether that means being drafted or trying to make an NFL team via free agency.
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