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Carter’s Notebook: Reed’s Coming Out Party

Florida coach Urban Meyer told the media on Monday during his press conference that redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Reed was going to throw his first career pass at Vanderbilt.
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RS-Freshman Jordan Reed expected to get more time at QB

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Florida's Jordan Reed is expected to get more time at quarterback against Vanderbilt. (AP photo)

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.”


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SEC Headlines – 11/5/10 Part Two

1.  Trey Burton says that a tricky new Florida formation is “one of the coolest things (that’s) ever been done on offense.”

2.  Urban Meyer says Andre Debose will play and Jordan Reed will throw against Vanderbilt.

3.  Receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. is getting more playing time for the Gators.

4.  Georgia’s new scheduling philosophy: Fewer road games, smaller opponents.

5.  Sophomore tight end Orson Charles is getting better and better.

6.  Mark Fox’s basketball Dawgs opened their season with an 85-48 exhibition win over Augusta State last night.

7.  This writer says UK fans will learn a lot about Joker Phillips head coaching abilities over the Cats’ last three games.

8.  Derrick Locke is expected to dress out tomorrow… which could be good news for Kentucky’s passing game.

9.  Kentucky is still waiting for word on Enes Kanter.

10.  John Calipari + Warren Buffett + a KFC = a Wall Street Journal story.

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Florida To Keep Using 3 QBs

The old saying goes like this: Show me a team with two good quarterbacks and I’ll show you a team without one great quarterback. 

That’s not what’s being said in Gainesville today.  Instead, the talk on the Florida campus goes more like this: Show me a very multiple system on offense and I’ll show you the need for three different types of quarterbacks.

Urban Meyer said today that in addition to the split quarterbacking duties of John Brantley (the passer) and Trey Burton (the runner), Jordan Reed will begin to take more snaps from the Wildcat package.  And before you can ask, “Yes, he can throw,” Meyer said.

“We just met and I’m giving you something maybe I shouldn’t give you.  It’s in, it’s done, and he will throw the ball next week, how’s that?  So make sure (Vanderbilt) defends it.”

So was Meyer serious?  Or was he just giving Robbie Caldwell one more thing to worry about?

Guess we’ll all find out on Saturday.

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