Cornerback Joe Haden at quarterback? Maybe. . . . maybe not
When Florida coach Urban Meyer talked about his backup quarterback plans last season after former QB Cameron Newton was suspended from the team, he referred to backup John Brantley and then-WR/RB Percy Harvin. At the time, Gator CB Joe Haden jokingly said he was "insulted'' because Meyer didn't mention his name. After all, Haden said: "I was a high school quarterback. And a really good one.''
Apparently Meyer has now remembered that. He said on Friday that he's considering the possibility of putting in some kind of special package to take advantage of Haden's passing ability.
"We're tempted to,'' Meyer said. "And I'll say this now. He was a high school quarterback. We thought about playing him some at receiver, but there's a chance - I don't know what. You know what? I'll let people think about it for a while. That's good.''
Haden, who is the first true freshman to start at cornerback on opening day (2007), set a Maryland public school record with 7,371 career passing yards and tied the career mark for touchdown passes with 80 at Fort Washington High in Friendly, Md. He passed for 2,783 yards in his senior season.
"I watched him,'' Meyer said. "We were out there screwing around at the beginning of summer, and he threw me a football and that dang thing came at me, tight spiral and hot. I said do that again. He did it again, and ever since then Scott (Loeffler, UF quarterbacks coach) has been talking to me, and now that we're allowed he's out there throwing with Scott. That's a possibility.''