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Virginia TE McGee looks to be every-down player

Published On: Aug 20 2013 11:45:58 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — -

Jake McGee has repeatedly shown the ability to make spectacular catches.

Now the former high school quarterback needs to show he's mastered the blocking and pass protecting responsibilities of a tight end so he become an every-down player, and not a one-dimensional threat.

McGee says he added 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason to better prepare himself to tangle with defensive ends and hard-charging linebackers. He's also spent a lot of time learning to be a better blocker.

McGee caught 28 passes last season, many of highlight reel quality.

Coach Mike London says the 6-foot-6, 250-pound junior has made great strides in improving the other areas of his game, and believes it will prevent opponents from keying on one aspect of McGee's game.