ATHENS — The arm slinging the ball for Georgia is still a question mark, but Brian Schottenheimer had a lot to say about the quarterbacks’ targets.
Especially the tight ends.
“Those four guys have had arguably maybe the best camp of everybody,” Schottenheimer said. “They’ve done a real good job. From Jay Rome all the way to Jordan Davis, all those guys have done a very good job. We like tight ends here. We like to use them in different ways and again keep people off-balance by putting them in different spots.”
In addition to Rome and Davis, among the tight ends are 2014 All-SEC freshman Jeb Blazevich and 2015 early enrollee Jackson Harris.
Schottenheimer said that consistency is something he is looking for in the quarterback position, but it’s what the tight ends have been bringing to fall camp.
Confident in the John Lilly crew, Schottenheimer leaned on the tight end unit when talking receiver depth.
“In terms of numbers, luckily for us, we’ve got tight ends we can use,” Schottenheimer said. “And we want to keep people off-balance with some multiple personnel grouping, so whether it’s tight ends, receivers, running backs or whatever it is, we’re going to make people prepare for a lot of different looks.”
Not only did the offensive coordinator highlight the variety of personnel he’s looking to use, but he’s hoping some of the newcomers will present a threat.
“What’s been fun for me is to see some of the young guys step up, for sure,” Schottenheimer said. “We do know there’s some young guys we’re kind of counting on.”
He described freshman receiver Michael Chigbu to be athletic and physical and threw attention to five-star recruit Terry Godwin. Schottenheimer listed out senior Malcolm Mitchell, junior Reggie Davis and sophomore Isaiah Mckenzie as strong offseason performers as well.
Schottenheimer confirmed that he will be directing the offense from the field this season, as opposed to former coordinator Mike Bobo who called from the coaches’ box.
He said the decision was fairly easy for him as he was an on-field coach in the NFL for eight of his nine years.
“I like being able to talk to players and communicate with the quarterbacks. Sometimes I think it makes it a little easier,” Schottenheimer said.
Though he’ll be physically closer than Bobo was, Schottenheimer joked that he won’t have “a little cool walkie-talkie, which is okay. Probably quarterbacks will like it because [he] can’t yell at them.