University of Florida

DeAndre Goolsby emerging for Florida Gators

DeAndre Goolsby didn’t record a single catch as a freshman, but the sophomore tight end has emerged as an explosive complement to senior Jake McGee.

Goolsby is averaging 17.4 yards per catch — second on the Gators behind only freshman Antonio Callaway’s 19.6 average.

“The sky really is the limit for him,” McGee said. “Heck of a player.”

McGee, a John Mackey Award semifinalist, is Florida’s reliable third-down target and has 31 catches for 268 yards this season. But Goolsby has racked up nearly as many yards (261) on roughly half the number of catches (15).

“He has probably learned over the last four weeks the importance of what you do in practice helps you in the game,” said coach Jim McElwain of Goolsby, who has three receptions over 20 yards in the past four games.