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January 14, 2013
Parting Shots: Looking at the early entries
Each off-season Inside the Gators interviews the departing seniors and early entry juniors for our Parting Shots series. It enables us to get an in-depth look back on their time at Florida as well as what they're up to now and plans for the future.
ITG has several interviews already set up, but for the very first in the 2013 series, we wanted to try something different. We asked a player to anonymously share his thoughts on players who fit into four different categories: NFL early entries, The graduating seniors, The players who transferred since last season and the true freshmen who redshirted this past season.
As an aside, allowing a player to comment anonymously has both an up and down side. The upside, of course, is that they get to speak more freely and share their real thoughts. The downside, commenting anonymously gives them a pass to say what they want without fear of reprisal or having to answer for their comments.
After taking everything into consideration, it was determined that there is great value in what a person who has been around these players for years thinks about each of them.
EARLY ENTRY JUNIORS
* While splitting reps with John Brantley in 2010...
Jordan may be a smart guy, but football smart and intelligence are actually two different things. He obviously knows the tight end position and can create space for himself, but he was not football smart enough to play quarterback. When he split time with Brantley, Trey Burton called the plays for Reed most of the time.
* Compared to Aaron Hernandez...
Reed has better leaping ability and body control while in the air than Hernandez. Their style of play is pretty similar and so is their speed. They will be used the same in the NFL. Hernandez may be better with the ball in his hands, picking up yards after the catch. Hernandez has really good field vision.
The comments above are not word for word direct quotes - for continuity and spacing issues, the comments were paraphrased in places. Though some comments were cut out, none were added.
Tuesday: The graduating seniors
Wednesday: The transfers
Thursday: The redshirted freshmen
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