For the first time in over a decade, the Georgia Tech football team will field tight ends.
This time a year ago, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets had zero tight ends on their roster. Now, less than a year later, the Jackets have nine tight ends on their roster. Now, only three of those tight ends are on scholarship. Below you can find a breakdown of the Jackets three main tight ends and a quick blurb on what to expect out of the walk-ons this upcoming season.
Davis will be the Jackets starter at tight end throughout this season barring injury and he has a huge chance to be a top option on Georgia Tech’s offense this upcoming season. Last season for UCONN, Davis had 22 receptions for 237-yards and six touchdowns. In 2019, look for Davis to post similar numbers if not higher this upcoming season. A strong at running his routes and someone who has good hands, Davis will be one of the Jackets better players overall in 2019. Additionally, he’ll be expected to be a leader for the Jackets offense as well.
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The incoming freshman out of New Jersey at most school wouldn’t be playing this upcoming season but with such little depth at the position in terms of natural tight ends, Deveney will be forced into action in 2019. If all goes to plan, the Jackets will be able to limit Deveney’s use in 2019 but he’ll still need to be ready to go at a moments notice, Looking back at his high school film, Deveney needs work in his route running but the potential is there for the 6-foot-6, 256-pound tight end.
Cooksey made the move to tight end this past offseason after coming to Tech as a linebacker under Paul Johnson’s coaching staff. Cooksey, a Suwanee (GA) native played both tight end and linebacker in high school for the Greater Atlanta Chrisitan Academy so the move to tight end for Cooksey should be easier for him than most. Cooksey this upcoming season will probably see a good deal of playing time in 2019 and should battle Deveney for playing time as the season goes on. It’s hard to tell where Cooksey is as a tight end since it’s been five years since he last played the position but as long as he’s able to remember the position, he should be able to step in this season and be a quality contributor when called upon.
The Yellow Jackets have six walks who will be playing tight end this upcoming season. That being said, as walk-ons, it’s going to be hard for any of them to really be impact players in 2019 or beyond. Having six walk-ons may be “overkill’ for the Jackets as well but as the season goes on, players could always be moved around depending on need. That being said, sometimes walk-ons can provide surprises and perhaps could breakthrough and get above the line for the Jackets. But for the most part, the Yellow Jackets’ walk-ons will provide depth and for the most part, the coaching staff will hope they don’t have to turn to the walk-ons to play in 2019.
The Yellow Jackets will kick off their 2019 season on August 29th when they take on the Clemson Tigers in Death Valley.