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Keeping up with Florida’s quarterback shuffling quarterbacks was difficult enough for Georgia a week ago. At Vanderbilt on Saturday, the Commodores will have one more to keep track of.
Florida coach Urban Meyer said this week that he expects to use Jordan Reed more in this game, possibly having the 6-foot-3, 240-pound redshirt freshman throw.
It would be an increased roll for a guy who has proven effective in the few times he’s been in that position. Listed as a tight end, he has five catches for 64 yards and one rushing and one receiving touchdown.
“He can throw. Yes, done. We just met. I’m giving you something maybe I shouldn’t give. It’s in. It’s done. And he will throw the ball next week,” Meyer quipped on Monday.
Asked Thursday to explain what Reed’s role would be, Meyer asserted that Reed has earned time at quarterback.
“He’s earning his rights, man. He’s a talented guy,” Meyer said. “He can throw. … You’ll see Saturday. We’re going to mix it in there.”
Reed would be the third quarterback in what has become a two-quarterback system. Starter John Brantley is the thrower, Trey Burton the runner.
Brantley has waited three years to take the starting spot, but following a three-game losing streak Burton got more time at the position. A jack-of-all-trades this year – playing no fewer than five positions – Burton rotated in with Brantley against Georgia.
Now, the QBs make room for one more. That’s all right with Burton, who has already said Reed is a better version of himself.
“I think a big advantage,” Burton said. “Jordan Reed’s one of the best athletes we have on our team.”