Published September 21, 2012 - 2:43pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
We know about Jeff Driskel, Mike Gillislee and Frankie Hammond. All three guys have had big impacts so far and are getting better through the course of three weeks.
Two guys who don’t get as much pub are all-purpose Trey Burton and tight end Jordan Reed.
Both entered Florida as a quarterback and now play different positions, and both came up huge against Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Trey Burton has played all over the field for Florida. He’s played some quarterback, Wildcat, H-Back, tight end, wide receiver, fullback and running back. Whatever this staff needs him to do, he does it. Burton has five carries this year for 92 yards and two touchdowns, including the 80-yarder against Tennessee that broke the Vols’ back.
Jordan Reed has been quite underused since he came in as a dual-threat quarterback as well. He played some quarterback, but he was changed quickly to tight end. He fits into the mold of an Aaron Hernandez-type tight end that is athletic enough to create plays in the open field and fast enough to burn any linebacker. He’s been very instrumental this season for the Gators in their 3-0 start.
Florida has to get these two guys involved earlier in the game throughout this season. The Gators haven’t been good in short-yardage situations so far, and I really expect to see Burton out of the Wildcat more and more. It puts much more pressure on the edge of the defense, and the inside running game can be effective as well.
Reed can also run a Wildcat package as a jumbo set if needed. But he’ll largely be most effective as a playmaker in space at tight end. He’s not the best blocking tight end, but he makes up for it with other ways he can burn defenses.
It will be fun to see their continued impact as the season plays itself out.