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Virginia TE McGee looks to be every-down player

Monday - 8/19/2013, 3:20pm  ET

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2012 file photo, Virginia tight end Jake McGee (83) makes a reception in front of Penn State linebacker T.J. Rhattigan (22) and safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong (7) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va. The converted high school quarterback looks to have a bigger role in Virginia's offense, and to that end, he added about 20 pounds in the offseason hoping to make his blocking as effective as he catching. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff, File)

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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