Jake Rowe has updated his 2020 offensive depth chart for the Dawgs here. His big surprise, if you want to call it that, is projecting true freshman Broderick Jones as the starting right tackle, but there are a couple of other interesting tidbits scattered in there.
At tight end:
1. Tre’ McKitty (Grad.)
2. John FitzPatrick (RSoph.)
3. Ryland Goede (RFr.)/Brett Seither (RFr.)/Darnell Washington (Fr.)
One of the challenges the offense faces this spring is getting McKitty comfortable in the offense. He has been on campus for about three weeks and will have to be a quick study when it comes to Monken’s scheme. UGA also has to build some reliable depth at this spot. McKitty isn’t your traditional inline tight end so FitzPatrick might fill that role early in the season. Washington is going to be tough to keep off the field while Goede just has to stay healthy. Seither is an athletic option but has a similar skillset to McKitty so it might be tough for him to find snaps.
For a position we almost take for granted — just like Coley! — there’s actually a fair amount to unpack there. That they need McKitty ready to go from the jump, and Washington being something of a raw talent, leads me to think this might be the spot set back most by no spring practice.
On a more hopeful note, Rowe has this to say about one of the true freshman receivers: “(Arian) Smith has been turning heads since voluntary workouts began and may be a little further along in his development than we originally thought. He’s worth keeping a close eye on early in the year.” Smith is a blazer, but was perceived to need more time to polish his game. If he’s ready early, the thought of him and Newman’s big arm on the same page could really be something.