Nov 9, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Virginia Cavaliers tight end Jake McGee (83) on the field in the second quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

100 Days of Florida Football: No. 83 Jake McGee


A recent transfer from Virginia, tight end Jake McGee picked a pretty good time to come to Florida. The Gators haven’t had a standout tight end since 2012, when Jordan Reed was Jeff Driskel’s go-to guy. Florida’s tight ends only had a total of four receptions for 42 yards last season, a serious drop-off from the previous year when Reed alone accumulated 49 catches for 559 yards. There was a large void the Gators needed to fill and, fortunately, they just filled it.

At Virginia, McGee had two touchdowns and was the team’s leading receiver with a total of 43 catches for 395 yards, all while having a persistent shoulder injury. Aside from his athleticism on the field, McGee has already formed a bond with quarterback Jeff Driskel. They went to dinner the day of McGee’s visit to Florida and they are also now roommates. Naturally, the connection between him and Driskel will grow as time goes on, possibly morphing McGee into Driskel’s new main target.

The coaches at Florida are excited about what McGee will bring to the team, at tight end and on special teams. Head coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinate Kurt Roper have spoken very highly of his abilities and they are both looking forward to seeing him in action this Fall. McGee appears to be a solid pickup for Florida. With the addition of McGee to the roster, it shouldn’t be too difficult for the Gators to improve at the tight end position this season.

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