The Sunday Sampler 2013 – Oregon

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Jake McGee set a career high for receptions.

Coming into the game with Oregon, it looked like Virginia would have opportunities to get its tight ends involved in the passing game. Jake McGee and Zach Swanson took full advantage of some openings in the defense to combine for 12 catches in the disappointing loss.

McGee set a new career high for receptions with 8 as he tallied 53 receiving yards. Swanson also establish his career best with 4 receptions as he totaled 43 yards in the game. The 96 yards combined accounted for more than half of Virginia’s 161 receiving yards.

The good day for the tight ends is not surprising. As pointed out in the Wednesday Watch List article, Oregon’s defense is susceptible to tight ends in the passing game. Stanford’s Zach Ertz hauled in 11 catches for 106 yards and 1 touchdown against the Ducks last season.

McGee said the offense worked on using the tight ends during the week.

“It was an emphasis this week and I think Zach and myself are two talented tight ends,” McGee said. “It’s something Coach Fairchild and Coach O’Brien have said they want to get us the ball. I think we did well with our opportunities today. We could’ve had some more, but it’s something we’ll watch, we’ll build on, and we’ll continue to get better.”

Swanson said it is always exciting to make catches against good teams and to be a part of your team’s offensive attack. Swanson and McGee combined for 6 catches and 30 yards in the season opener against BYU as well so they have been coming up with some stuff underneath the defense during the first two games.

“It’s great for both of us. I think both of us can add something and in a big game it’s fun to be out there playing against a great team and making plays to contribute to the offense,” Swanson said.

Of course, the Cavaliers need to find a way to get others involved in the attack as well. After