Georgia tight ends gain pass-catching momentum heading to LSU
ATHENS — Georgia football tight ends enjoyed their most productive day against Vanderbilt from a pass-catching standpoint.
Could more be in store for the Bulldogs tight ends at LSU on Saturday?
The tight ends group, coached by offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, combined for five catches for 93 yards in the 41-13 win against Vanderbilt on Saturday night in Sanford Stadium.
The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0 SEC) play at No. 13 LSU (5-1, 2-1) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Baton Rouge.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart was asked about the tight end production and said he really didn’t care who got the catches for the Bulldogs.
“It makes y’all happy, so I’m good with it,” Smart joked with reporters after Saturday night’s game. “If we catch it and get yards I’m fired up, it doesn’t matter to me if it’s a back, a tight end or a receiver, I don’t care who it is, I’m happy.
“But I know you guys will write all kind of stats, I’m great with it.”
For all of Smart’s kidding around, it’s worth noting that Florida tight ends did some damage against LSU in the Gators’ 27-19 win over the Tigers on Saturday.
Senior tight end Moral Stephens had two catches for 11 yards and a 3-yard touchdown, and Florida redshirt senior tight end C’yonti Lewis also had a catch for 9 yards against the Tigers.
But it was Gators’ tight end Lucas Krull who got the most attention, completing a 15-yard pass to Florida QB Feleipe Franks on a trick play that set up the game-winning touchdown.
The Georgia tight ends had five catches for 51 yards in the 49-7 win against Middle Tennessee earlier this season, Isaac Nauta doing most of the damage with four catches for 47 yards in that contest.
Nauta, the No. 1-rated tight end in the 2016 signing class, had two catches for 40 yards against the Commodores.
Junior Charlie Woerner had two catches for 41 yards and senior Jackson Harris had one catch for 12 yards — his first reception of the season after overcoming a foot injury suffered in the second scrimmage of fall camp.
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