Georgia embraces college football’s tight end evolution

“We have a guy who has proven he can go 150 yards against an elite defense and a couple of receivers who have proven they can open where they need to,” said Preston Dale, Alabama tight end from 2007 to 2011. year. There are the first four seasons of Saban. “Coach Saban always has a few plays to emphasize the tight end if we need it, but it’s a game with the pieces you have and we have guys who can open up.”

But Smart, a Saban protégé who has already established himself as an ardent champion of tight ends – “We want to get as many as we can and we want to pass the ball to them,” he said in 2020 – and offensive coordinator Todd Monken have seen their offensive options narrow. as Georgia’s injuries escalate.

Bowers became an outstanding, if inexperienced, assistant.

Georgia pursued Bowers aggressively when he was a prospect in Napa, California, where he was a tight end, tailback, wide receiver, linebacker and defender. As a sophomore in high school, when he was only an inch shorter than his 6’4″ height, his 40″ vertical jump and 4.55 second 40-yard rush time drew attention. In addition to Georgia, he said, he received offers from the states of Louisiana, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Texas A&M, among others.

He announced his commitment in August 2020. In 2021, Georgia stated in their pre-season media guide that he “should be fighting for freshman playing time.” Then the injuries made him the star of the whole attack.

“We knew he had the ability to run after catch – we saw it on film, they used him in the backfield after school – but he had a little more reach than we thought and continued to develop as a trail runner. Monken said before the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida, where Georgia beat Michigan 34-11 to move on to the title game.

Bowers left the semi-final game in the first half due to shoulder problems. Smart said it would not be a restriction on Monday night. Before leaving, however, Bowers scored a touchdown.