By: Tori Vincent
Jeb Blazevich, serves as a tight end on the University of Georgia football team. He will be entering his junior year majoring in Risk Management. Jeb is a loyal follower of God and relies heavily on his faith for a lot of his motivation, as well as inspiration. Jeb tells us about what it’s like to be a Bulldog and how UGA has assisted in the growth of his character.
Q: What’s the feeling when you first walk on the field for a game?
A: A lot of nerve, a lot of excitement, a lot of just anxious energy. I don’t know how to describe it, I always just try to look up and take a deep breath and go about my business.
Q: How has UGA football helped shape you as a person?
A: It puts you through the fire, it really tests you. Camp every year is not fun. I played the whole season with a sprained ankle. It makes you understand what is important to you, who’s important to you. I feel like God uses those trials in my life, he uses football to mold me by saying “Well if you’re a little cocky, here’s a little injury, if you feel a little too prideful or if you need to trust me, if you need to fall back on me.” Football is a real easy venue to push me back to Him, so I would say that’s the biggest thing, it’s helped my faith a lot.
Q: How do other teammates and players help encourage each other when people have bad days?
A: I’ve definitely had a few, my teammates have had a few, guys dropping touchdown passes. I think the biggest thing is to say, “you know tomorrow’s a new day,” that’s all you can do and it’s just a game, it really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.
Q: How do you hope to improve this season?
A: Lots of ways. I think my biggest (area) that I’m trying to work on right now is my route running, I feel like I’ve gone from a better route runner, to a better blocker and now I need to get back on the better route running, but really just in every way. I feel like physically, if I can get where I need to be, everything else will follow, just getting bigger, faster, stronger, pretty much like everybody else.
Q: Do you think Kirby Smart will contribute to that?
A: No doubt. I think the men he’s hired and the culture that he’s creating is perfect for us taking that next step to where we need to get. Coach Scott Sinclair, I love him as a strength coach, and so working with him, I already see a lot of improvements. I didn’t get fat, I actually got too heavy, and that’s always good to see.
Q: You’re the projected starter this year but others are good contenders, what separates you from the others?
A: That’s the good thing about our tight end room, we’re all in it together. We’re all cheering for each other, like Jackson Harris pushes me, I push him, we do that with Jordan Davis and Isaac Nauta and some of the new guys. I think the guys before me and the guys in there now, have created a culture of, “let me help you get to your maximum, then whoever’s the best man we don’t care.” It’s all about the tight end system as a room and we all helped each other get there. Of course everyone wants to be the starter, that’s the fun part, but at the end of the day, we’re all trying to win games, we all want the best person out there.
Q: What attracted you to UGA?
A: I fell in love with Athens. I felt like God called me to be here and I had a emotional and physical connection with UGA. I loved the coaches here, and they have good tight end interaction.
Q: Who’s your biggest influence?
A: Jesus and faith, that’s who I wake up and try to be everyday. But in terms of people here, there’s a lot of positive influences around me, but probably my girlfriend Addie Lippitt, she’s a strong believer, she’s a really hard worker, she’s on the cross country team here, she works as hard as anybody I’ve ever seen. She’s really nice, I would say she’s an expert on other people’s strengths, she’s always knowing the best in other people. She always brings the best out in me, so I think she influences me the most.