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Five Breakout Players for 2019: TE Tyler Cooksey

Tyler Davis is going to start, but he certainly won’t be the only tight end.

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As I’ve mentioned many times before, Georgia Tech is running a new offense this season, and it is looking to feature the tight end position on the Flats for the first time since 2007.

Now, UConn transfer Tyler Davis will likely end up as the first string tight end, but I can’t imagine he’ll get all of the playing time, so who will line up with him? Well, if you saw the headline, you already know my answer: former linebacker and Suwanee-native Tyler Cooksey.

Originally committing to the Yellow Jackets as inside linebacker in 2015, Cooksey was hoping to make an impact in then-defensive coordinator Ted Roof’s defense. Time passed, and that never happened. Nate Woody was hired before last season, and still, not much happened. Cooksey spent most of his time working with special teams.

According to an interview with the Gwinnett Daily Post, once Geoff Collins was introduced as the new head coach, Cooksey was ready with his “elevator pitch.”

“The first thing I said was, ‘Hey coach, I’m Tyler Cooksey and I’m going to be your new tight end,’” Cooksey said.

It was a bold move for the rising senior, who has played only linebacker and special teams. But Cooksey felt it was important for Collins to understand that he was willing to make any adjustment to help the team — and get on the field.

Cooksey said the response from the coach was positive.

“He said, ‘We don’t have any tight ends, so that’s good,’” Cooksey said.

Having played tight end at Greater Atlanta Christian, Cooksey is not new to the position, but there is a bit of a learning curve since he hasn’t played it since high school.

Cooksey has a good chance to break out this season, mainly because there isn’t a lot of competition. During the Spring, Cooksey and another former linebacker—Josh Tukes—have essentially been the only two competing behind Davis, though they will be joined in the fall by Dylan Deveney.