College Spotlight: Woerner sets sights on national title for Bulldogs
Charlie Woerner doesn’t have eye-popping stats the way he did at Rabun County from 2012-15, but that’s by design. The blocking tight end is one of the senior leaders on the #4-ranked UGA Bulldogs, and sets his sights on far more than statistics.
Woerner has been and is one of the undisputed leaders for UGA, and his impact can not be found in a simple box score. While his numbers of 31 career catches for 333 yards and zero touchdowns don’t stuff the stat sheet, he’s had countless knock-downs and blocks for a strong running game over the past few years.
He’s not the athlete we remember dominating on nearly every play in high school – he’s an even better athlete now. He’s getting noticed by NFL scouts as well for his skill set, and was named on the 2019 Mackey Award Watch list.
Despite Georgia’s defeat at the hands of South Carolina earlier this season, Woerner was one of the first to reveal the team’s approach for the remainder of the slate.
“[Kirby Smart’s speech] was very good,” Woerner told the Red & Black following the loss. “He came in and said the better team won that day … As he said, all of our goals are still out there.”
Woerner will be key down the stretch, as UGA next plays a pivotal road SEC game at Auburn. The Bulldogs know they have to win out to make it back to the College Football Playoff.
Woerner, a 2016 grad from Rabun County, was a 1,000-yard rusher one year and a 1,000-yard receiver the next. He led the Wildcats to 34 wins over an incredible 4-year career as a starter, including winning back-to-back region titles in 2014 and 2015. He tallied over 5,000 yards of offense and 66 total TDs. The breakdown was 2,358 rushing yards and 36 TD, and 2,703 receiving yards and 30 TD. He also had 428 tackles (17 for loss) and 12 interceptions (249 yds). He was the 2014 BLITZ Player of the Year and is in the BLITZ Hall of Fame.