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UVa's McGee Looking To Expand His Role

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Jake McGee had five touchdowns in 2012 Jake McGee had five touchdowns in 2012

The Virginia football team will hold its first practice of the season Monday at 3:40 PM at the McCue Center.

The Cavaliers are coming off a 4-8 season and looking for improvement.

Tight end Jake McGee was a bright spot for the UVa offense last year.  

McGee caught 28 passes for 374 yards and a team-best five touchdowns as a sophomore.

The five TD's are the fifth-most for a tight end in a single season in program history.  

He was honorable-mention All ACC last year.  

This year, McGee is preseason All-ACC second team, and has been named to the Mackey Award preseason watch list.  

Head coach Mike London says he's looking for McGee to expand his game this season.

"Ability-wise, I think he has as good of ability as any tight end that I've seen, because he can definitely catch the ball," says London.  "Now the thing is for him to be multi-dimensional, and be an one the line blocker, and do other things as well."

McGee says, "I put a lot of work into it, with gaining weight, and improving my blocking since last season, now that it's being asked of me a lot more.   Hopefully once camp comes around, and these first couple of games, the question won't come back any more, and it'll be shown that I've improved with it."  

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