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Georgia's Jackson Harris contributing early as true freshman

Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Jackson Harris was among the 19 true freshmen that played during Georgia’s season-opener against Louisiana-Monroe last week.

And by all indications, Harris is in line for plenty of more playing time this year.

Harris was considered a four-star recruit with a mean streak when it comes to blocking for the run game. It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to recognize his talent and how much he’d fit in with this offense.

“I love it, just going in the trenches and getting dirty in blocking,” Harris said. “It’s a big adjustment in college because everyone is so much bigger and stronger. I feel it’s one of those things where I’ll keep working on and get better at it.”

In Georgia’s opener last week, Harris saw time as the second tight end in power sets. He caught the one target thrown his way but was unable to get a foot inbounds on the play.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt said Harris, who enrolled early this past January, has done more than enough to prove why he should play as a true freshman.

Georgia outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins will often be asked to cover Georgia’s tight ends in practice. From what he’s seen, Harris has a bright future ahead.

“I just see a lot of potential for Jackson,” Jenkins said. “He’s a big cat, he can easily put on 20 to 30 pounds and still be able to dominate. He’s got great hands and he’s a big body. I feel like he works hard out there.”

Harris credited sophomore Jeb Blazevich and senior Jay Rome as guys that have gone out of their way to help teach him the position at the college level.

“I’ve learned so much from them. They’re both phenomenal athletes and tight ends. They’ve both been here longer than me and understand the game so well. I learned so much from them, not only in football but just in life, and in hanging out with them outside of football.”

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