Georgia's Darnell Washington ready to be a towering mismatch at tight end

Georgia photo by Tony Walsh / Georgia's Darnell Washington, a 6-foot-7, 275-pound tight end who has a way of making a regulation football look like a Nerf football, goes through a drill during Thursday's first preseason practice.


That was the response Darnell Washington quickly provided this past week when asked by reporters what single word best describes Georgia's incomprehensibly loaded tight end position. The Bulldogs are not only bringing back the 6-foot-7, 275-pound junior from Las Vegas but also sophomore Brock Bowers, a first-team ESPN and USA Today All-American last season, and redshirt sophomore Arik Gilbert, the star of this spring's G-Day game.

Could the Bulldogs routinely employ two tight ends under seventh-year coach Kirby Smart and third-year offensive coordinator Todd Monken? What about three?

"I'm not really sure how we'll use it, but we're all unique," Washington said. "Brock has his speed, and I'm oversized. There is no linebacker who can jump with me. Then you've got Arik, who is a hybrid and can do everything.

"You just keep rotating us and break down the defense by creating mismatches on the field."