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Blazevich Looks to Continue UGA’s Legacy

By David Butler
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As the excitement for the upcoming season continues to build, Jeb Blazevich seemingly cannot wait for an opportunity to step on the field and make his mark in Athens.

ā€œIā€™m just excited to go in there to learn and try to be one of the next greats when my time comes.ā€
~Georgia tight end commit Jeb Blazevich

The University of Georgia’s season did not go as originally planned.

Coming off a season in which the Bulldogs reached the SEC Championship Game but fell short to the Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia had high hopes going into the 2013 season — then the injury-bug bit. As Georgia became one of the most injured teams in college football by mid-season, the losses started piling up.

Luckily, the team can now put the 2013 season in the rearview mirror and focus on the 2014 season ahead.

Georgia has been known to be a top 10 recruiting school since Mark Richt took the reins back in 200, and this upcoming recruiting class should be no different.

Sometimes being referred to as “Tight End U,” Georgia has produced a lot of successful players at the position. Dating back to the days of Benjamin Watson, Aron White, Orson Charles, and Leonard Pope, Georgia has had no shortage of great tight end play.

Following this tradition of great tight ends, the Bulldogs have received a verbal commitment in 2014 from four-star tight end Jeb Blazevich.

Blazevich knows about the tradition of Georgia producing top tier tight ends, and he hopes to follow in the footsteps of the former greats.

“The more I learn about the tradition, the more humbled I am since I’m given the opportunity to try and be one of those guys,” Blazevich said on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. “I’ve been learning more and more about it steadily. Of course, Arthur Lynch leaves some big shoes to fill, so I know Jay Rome and [Jordan] Davis and myself are going to try and do that the best that we can.”

Rome will most likely get the starting reps when spring practice starts, but that does not mean Blazevich cannot contribute right away. Most teams have two tight ends they can trust with blocking, pass catching, or both. Teams with two or more reliable tight ends can spread the field and attack the middle with brawn.

Blazevich is not only looking forward to joining a team with great tight ends prospects, he is also excited at the chance to play in the Southeastern Conference.

“The SEC, I mean, that was basically my main goal in terms of what school I wanted to go to. I’ve heard all the talk, I’ve heard ‘Hey, that’s all propaganda’, but at the end of the day, you can’t argue with it,” Blazevich continued.

Blazevich believes playing against the best players in the most competitive conference will help him grow as a budding freshman.

“It is the best conference year in and year out as of late. Especially ever since I’ve been alive so, it is what it is. I want to play with the best, I want to be shaped by the best, I want to compete with the best. And I’m just ready to go down there and try to put my skill and talents to work against the best in the nation.”

As Georgia pushes toward the beginning of the 2014 season, the team has all the necessary ingredients to cook up a winning season. As the excitement for the upcoming season continues to build, Blazevich seemingly cannot wait for an opportunity to step on the field and make his mark in Athens.

“I’m just excited to go in there to learn and try to be one of the next greats when my time comes.”

David Butler - David Butler, of Watkinsville, Georgia, is a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Journalism. During college, David spent time on staff as his university newspaper's sports editor. Growing up just outside of UGA territory, David has been constantly surrounded by the love of football. He loves cheering on his Dawgs, and has a passion for the Philadelphia Eagles. When he is not tailgating, he is perfectly content cheering on his favorite teams from the comfort of his couch with his family, friends, pets, and extremely beautiful lady friend.