When Jake McGee announced his decision to transfer from the Virginia Cavaliers this spring, it was a huge blow to a struggling Virginia program. McGee was one of the few bright spots on the offense last season for the Cavaliers but chose to take his talents elsewhere next fall for his final year of eligibility after graduating this spring. Virginia’s loss will turn out to be the Florida Gators‘ gain as McGee announced his intention to head to Gainesville for the 2014 season.
McGee made the decision official via his Twitter account, announcing: “I will be playing my 5th year at the University of Florida. GO Gators!” Last season, the talented tight end led Virginia in receiving, hauling in 43 passes for 395 yards and scoring a pair of touchdowns. He was as reliable a target as anyone Virginia had in 2013, consistently moving the chains when he got his hands on the ball.
He will join a Florida team that is desperate for an offensive resurgence in 2014. After struggling to a dismal 4-8 season in 2013, the Gators brought in a new offensive coordinator to try and rejuvenate Jeff Driskel, fresh off a season-ending injury last fall, and get the Gators back into the mix of the SEC race.
Adding McGee to the mix will be a huge boost to the Florida passing game, which got basically no production from their tight end position last season. Tevin Westbrook and Clay Burton constituted the entirety of the tight end production in the passing game for Florida last year and combined for just four receptions for 42 yards.
With the team’s leading receiver from 2013, Solomon Patton, graduating this offseason and the complete absence of a tight end presence in the passing game, the opportunity for McGee to make an immediate impact next fall is there with Florida. Will his presence be enough to jumpstart Driskel and the Florida passing attack in 2014?