Remember all the problems Florida had in 2014 with tight ends screwing up in crucial situations? You know, like Tevin Westbrook’s drops against LSU and FSU that directly led to the Gators’ demise? Yeah, that.
Say goodbye to that, and say hello to Jake McGee. Again. The ex Virginia Cavaliers’ tight end graduated from UVA and elected to play what he thought would be his final year of college football with Florida in 2014. However, McGee broke his tibia in the 2014 season opener against Eastern Michigan, and missed the entire 2014 season. There was some concern that the NCAA would reject his waiver to play another year, but that wound up not being the case, and therefore Jake McGee will play football for the Gators in 2015.
So, once again: welcome, Jake! McGee is more dangerous as a pass catcher than any tight end Florida has had since a certain guy who got in major trouble with the law and therefore shall not be named. Yes, I believe he’s even more explosive than Jordan Reed, and provides Florida with a major upgrade at the tight end position. He stands 6’6, 250 lbs. and runs a 4.6 40 yard dash, and was UVA’s leading receiver in 2013.
It’s great news for the Gators, and adds desperately needed experience to what appears to be an inexperienced offense: the line will have to be rebuilt, whoever starts at QB will be a sophomore, and DeMarcus Robinson is the only wide receiver I can count on as dependable. In terms of leadership, however, it only adds to a football team that figures to have plenty of it; the defense already boasts two standout seniors in Jonathan Bullard and Antonio Morrison, plus junior lockdown cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.