Georgia Football: What breakthrough arrival of Brock Bowers means

Brock Bowers runs past Justin Thomas for a touchdown. (Photo by Brett Davis/Getty Images)
Brock Bowers runs past Justin Thomas for a touchdown. (Photo by Brett Davis/Getty Images) /

In just two games, true freshman tight end Brock Bowers has become a player that all Georgia football fans should be familiar with.

With the Dawgs beginning the 2021 season down several key offensive players, somebody needed to step up in a big way.

Bowers did just that, quickly becoming JT Daniels’ favorite target against Clemson as he reeled in a team-high six receptions. He briefly flashed his agility and gave fans a glimpse of what he could do while serving as a valuable security blanket against a talented defense.

Fast forward to a week two matchup against UAB, and Bowers showed out once again. He displayed his 4.5 40 time speed on an 88-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter as he simply outran the entire Blazers’ defense.

Georgia football fans are not used to seeing this level of speed and athleticism at the tight end position. It provides plenty of reason to be excited for the potential level the offense could reach once injuries clear up. He has already entered uncharted territory for Georgia tight ends of recent years.

Bowers is officially listed on Georgia’s roster at 6-foot-4 and 230-pounds. A tight end of that size with the 4.5 speed that he has does not come around often. Notable comparisons include arguably two of the most dynamic tight ends in the NFL, George Kittle and Noah Fant.

Both Kittle and Fant are listed at 6-foot-4 and were clocked at a 4.5 40 time. The noticeable difference currently is weight, as they have both bulked up since entering the NFL, but Bowers is not far behind and has the potential to bulk up as well.

Considering the type of playmakers that those two players were in college and currently are in the NFL, the possibilities are endless for what Bowers can contribute for the Bulldogs.

It has only taken him two games to win over the fans, and though his chance to play immediately might have been caused by injuries, he has seized the opportunity and made a case to continue to see the field regardless.

In fact, the versatility he brings to the table makes it a fairly easy decision to get him on the field as much as possible. Fellow tight end Darnell Washington serves as the big, physical presence from the position, while Bowers has the speed to take the top off the defense on any given play.

Putting that duo on the field at the same time is a matchup nightmare for any defense. Even though Washington is the one with the more imposing frame, listed at 6-foot-7 and 265-pounds, Bowers’ 40 inch vertical makes him an extremely viable jump ball or red zone threat as well.

It is rare to find a player with the physical attributes and pure athletic ability that Bowers possesses. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart clearly recognizes what the Dawgs have in the true freshman.

While he seems to have made it fairly obvious already, Brock Bowers is a force and possesses all the tools needed to be a major impact player for the Dawgs in the coming years.

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Soon enough, hopefully, fans will be able to retire the commonly asked question of total disbelief “We threw it to a tight end?” as they watch Bowers set a new standard for the position at Georgia.