GAINESVILLE -- During Florida’s idle week, coach Will Muschamp promised changes on offense and several moves are starting to take shape before Saturday’s border-war with Georgia.
Freshman Kelvin Taylor appears poised to start at tailback, and on Tuesday, offensive coordinator Brent Pease not-so-subtly hinted at a reshuffled offensive line, suggesting mammoth junior-college transfer Trenton Brown (6-foot-8, 361 pounds) is in position to make his first-career start at right tackle.
“Trenton’s in line to play quite a bit,” Pease said. “He’s got to continue through practice and see where he’s at. I don’t think you can just say hey, you’re starting. He still has to accountable to his performance in practice. He was taking first-team reps last week, he’s taking first-team reps this week. We’ll go from there.”
Redshirt sophomore Tyler Moore has started all seven games at right tackle, but the former Nebraska transfer was benched late in the loss to Missouri following two straight poor performances.
Quarterback Tyler Murphy (AC shoulder sprain) did not throw during Florida’s bye week, but the fourth-year junior resumed his normal throwing schedule for the first time since UF’s 36-17 loss to Missouri.
“It's not bothering me,” Murphy said, regarding his sprained shoulder. “I didn't practice last week much. It's been fatigued a little but other than that it's fine.”
Pease said Murphy’s passes weren’t particularly precise during Monday’s practice, but said the quarterback should be ready for Saturday’s game.
“It’s really been about two weeks where he hasn’t [thrown much]. He’s thrown about 30 balls up till yesterday,” Pease said. So his arm -- his accuracy -- was off a little bit and he was just kind of getting back into the rhythm and the timing of everything and still kind of having to zip [the bal]. He’s fine that way that he can throw, it’s just kind of getting back into that flow after you haven’t done anything for 14 days.”
REDSHIRT FOR TAYLOR
Sophomore tight end Kent Taylor will be redshirted this season, according to Pease. Taylor -- the nation’s No. 1 recruit at the position in 2012 -- played very sparingly as a freshman but did catch a 5-yard touchdown pass in Florida’s loss in the Sugar Bowl and appeared poised to enter preseason camp as a potential replacement for Jordan Reed.
However, a nagging ankle injury (Taylor missed the first four games this season) and a lack of development caused the staff to reevaluate the tight end’s role in 2013.
"We had looked back on it and determined if he was ready or not and he wasn't ready at the time,” Pease said. “You got to be able to block in that position and run routes and we gotta see that you can perform and your performance has to show up. I don't know if his development is totally there.”
Taylor, now healthy, has been working as the scout team tight end.
“Not every kid's going to be an immediate guy. He's a kid that's got to maintain weight to play in that position. He can't be too light. And sometimes I think in this sport, and at this level, you've got to give kids a chance to develop. It's not going to be just because he catches a touchdown pass in a game. It's gonna be one, two, sometimes three years. You look at the good teams and the good players, they really start showing up their junior year.”
"I'm excited. This has always been my favorite game of the year. This should be another good one. I [love] the atmosphere, how it's split half and half, coming over the bridge and seeing all the fans out there. It's always really competitive."
-- Senior wideout Trey Burton on his last game in the Florida-Georgia series
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