Georgia’s Jeb Blazevich played through pain last year

Jeb Blazevich has declined to confirm any injury last year.

HOOVER, Ala. — Among the many puzzles on Georgia’s offense last year was the use, or lack of use, of the tight ends, especially Jeb Blazevich.

There might have been at least one good reason for that.

Blazevich refuses to admit it, or go into detail, but he wasn’t 100 percent last year. While he played in every game last year, starting all but one of them, his legs were bothering him for much of the season, according to several people close to the team.

Blazevich was asked Tuesday at SEC media days whether he was dealing with “dead legs,” or “tired legs.”

“Just nothing fun, I’ll just leave it at that,” Blazevich said.

Blazevich only had 15 catches for 144 receiving yards as a sophomore, after 18 catches and 269 yards as a freshman.

But last year Georgia’s other tight ends (Jay Rome, Jackson Harris and Jordan Davis) only combined for 13 catches. So clearly Blazevich’s limitation wasn’t the only problem.

This year, there are no signs of Blazevich being hurt, and the tight end room is just as crowded, and potentially better. Rome is gone, but highly-touted freshman Isaac Nauta joins the mix, along with freshman Charlie Woerner. And new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is renowned for his use of the tight end, as head coach Kirby Smart often points out.

The only problem will be divvying up playing time.

“I told Isaac: We’re about to be rotating like receivers, we’ve got so much talent,” Blazevich.

 

 

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