HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- 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.
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