Tight End Tony Poljan Proving To Be A Great Fit At The Right Time For Virginia Football

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University of Virginia Tight Ends Coach Ricky Brumfield recalled the coaching staff’s immediate excitement upon learning that Central Michigan tight end Tony Poljan had entered the transfer portal in July.

“Immediately we went after him because we knew our depth at the tight end position – we had Grant Misch, who is doing a phenomenal job as well, but we knew we needed another big-body guy to help us out offensively,” Brumfield said. “We saw him in the portal, and as soon as he went in the portal we went in and attacked.”

Tony Poljan completes one of his four catches against Duke. In just a few months, the graduate transfer tight end has made a seamless transition to the University of Virginia football program. Photo courtesy of Erin Edgerton/The Daily Progress

The addition of Poljan was hailed on a national level, with Fox Sports and The Athletic college football reporter Bruce Feldman calling it “quite a pick-up for UVA.” The 6’7”, 260-pound senior was touted as having NFL potential despite only playing the tight end position at Central Michigan for one full season – the 2019 campaign, when he totaled 33 catches for 496 yards on his way to earning All MAC Second Team honors. In addition to the potential in the passing game, Brumfield highlighted his physical blocking presence