Benjamin Yurosek commits to Georgia: Productive TE from Stanford will compete to replace Brock Bowers

Former Stanford tight end Benjamin Yurosek is transferring to Georgia following a four-year career with the Cardinal. Yurosek, who is the No. 6 tight end in 247Sports’ transfer rankings, is a huge get for the Bulldogs, who needed an experienced tight end to replace star and expected first-round NFL Draft pick Brock Bowers. 

“Obviously Georgia has the best of both worlds,” Yurosek told ESPN. “They have big-time football and the use of tight ends.”

A graduate transfer, Yurosek was seen as a potential 2024 NFL Draft pick before an injury riddled 2023 season sidelined his professional hopes. He emerged as one of the nation’s best tight ends from 2021-22, starting in 23 games and tallying 92 receptions for 1,103 yards and four touchdowns. 

His 15.3 yards per catch in 2021 ranked third among power-conference tight ends. Yurosek had a career-best performance to open the 2023 season, catching nine passes for 138 yards and a touchdown against Hawaii, but he suffered a shoulder injury in an Oct. 13 win against Colorado that caused him to shut things down for the rest of the year. 

Yurosek should thrive in his role at Georgia with a good chance that his draft stock soars once more. The Bulldogs get more out of the tight end position than almost any school in the nation, as evidenced by Bowers’ prolific career. The two-time Mackey Award winner had 2,538 yards receiving and 26 touchdowns in his three years at Georgia, far more than any other tight end in that span. 

The Bulldogs also used Bowers as a ferocious blocker on running plays and even gave him some work out of the backfield, a role that Yurosek should be familiar with given his 14 career carries — 11 of which came during the 2023 season. 

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