6’4″ 230 pounds
Probably the most unique part of the Dawgs is the way they use their tight ends in the passing game. Their only receiver who is among their top targets is Ladd McConkey, who has 33 catches for 413 yards and two touchdowns, although freshman Dillon Bell is an up and comer who has 15 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
Anyway, the tight ends are the story here. Darnell Washington is one of them, as he has 19 catches for 332 yards, but obviously, Brock Bowers is the star. He may be the best tight end in the nation, and he leads all UGA offensive players in yards from scrimmage, a rarity for his position.
Bowers has 31 catches for 547 yards and three touchdowns. For what it’s worth, he also has three rushing touchdowns…on three carries that went for a combined 82 yards. Yes, the Dawgs use him similar to how Tennessee football uses Princeton Fant at times and then way more in their highly underrated passing attack.
This will be a huge test for the Vols’ linebackers, who have gotten a lot better in coverage this year thanks to Aaron Beasley’s development and Juwan Mitchell’s return to health. Guarding Bowers and the tight ends in general will be their biggest test, and they have to effectively close the gaps in the run game while focusing on him. That’ll be tough.