WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team is starting its fourth week of practices, working hard toward its season opener at Campbell University on September 9. Throughout preseason camp, GUHoyas.com will take an in-depth look at each of the team's position groups, with this edition featuring the tight ends.
The Blue & Gray will be looking to leadership and experience throughout its entire offense, which lost only two starters from last season. At tight end, the Hoyas will miss the production of Matthew Buckman (MSB’17) who, while only playing in five games last season, started 25 games in his career, catching 76 passes for 735 yards and seven touchdowns. Georgetown does bring back depth at the position, however, with six tight ends fighting for playing time this preseason. Among those six are three seniors, a junior and two sophomores.
“It has been a great camp thus far for us as a unit,” said Offensive Coordinator Michael Neuberger, who works directly with the tight ends. “The depth we have allows for competition and competition is what will make us a better unit, a better offense and a better program. Each one of these guys has a set of skills we recruited them to use and they have worked extremely hard this past off season to makes sure they were physically and mentally where they needed to be for us to maximize their production on the field.”
Seniors Jacob Sweitzer (Perryopolis, Pa./Belle Vernon) and John Oblachinski (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) and junior Nathan VonderHaar (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis Priory) provide experience for the Hoyas at tight end, having appeared in 26 combined games in their careers. Last season, Sweitzer caught a pair of passes while seeing action in all 11 games.
Georgetown has added depth this fall as two players have transitioned to the tight end position. Senior Muhammad Wainwright (New Brunswick, N.J./The Hun School) has converted from a defensive lineman while sophomore Isaac Schley (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield) has made the move from quarterback. Additionally, sophomore Matt Ungar (Mendham, N.J./Delbarton) has been added to the roster for 2017 and will compete for playing time.
“The leadership by our seniors has helped not only in the unit but with our offense as a whole,” Neuberger said. “This group of tight ends each has a role they will play for us offensively, some larger roles then others, but they all have embraced that role and understand that for our offense to be successful they must focus on doing their job great when asked. The other units on our offense have taken notice of their acceptance of these roles and have worked even harder to solidify their own places within their units.”