GAINESVILLE -- Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Steve Addazio have been impressed with cornerback Joe Haden's passing ability during practice. Meyer is experimenting this preseason with Haden playing quarterback in some "Wildcat" packages.
Haden said he is taking reps at quarterback after practice with quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler. Haden was a celebrated high school quarterback in Maryland but immediately switched to defense upon his arrival to Gainesville in 2007.
"I used to really play quarterback, so it's not like I'm a defensive back trying to play quarterback," Haden said. "I can really play quarterback."
Haden said there was talk of him playing quarterback during his high school recruitment but that dream evaporated quickly when he arrived in Gainesville and saw quarterback Tim Tebow throwing the ball. Haden never let go of the dream, however, and this summer he convinced Meyer to give him a shot at quarterback. For Haden's part, he seems convinced on Monday that he might actually see limited playing time at quarterback this season. Maybe one or two plays per game, according to Haden. Haden says he has learned about nine plays.
"It's pretty realistic," Haden said. "I've been running some plays and it has been looking real nice. Coach Meyer likes the way I can throw it, too. Him and Coach Addazio, they really like it."