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Florida freshman Ian Silberman taking full advantage of early start



Like 10 other players currently on the Florida roster, Ian Silberman should be getting ready for the prom and high school graduation ceremonies.

But instead, the freshman offensive lineman has spent the past three weeks participating in spring practice and getting ready for Saturday's Orange and Blue game.

With several veteran OL limited in spring practice due to various injuries, young players and newcomers like Silberman are getting an opportunity for extensive training.

Silberman, who enrolled early in January, said he's getting invaluable experience he hopes will put him ahead of the curve in August.

"It (enrolling early) is going to help tremendously because I have an advantage because I'll know the system, I'm getting these repetitions and it's helping big time,'' he said. "Someone that's going to be coming in over the summer, I'll have that advantage, I'll have the weight training and I'll be that far ahead of everybody else coming in. But right now, I'm just taking it day by day, trying to improve my techniques and fundamentals.''

Silberman is currently about 270 pounds, and hopes to use the summer workout and conditioning program to gain another 20 to 30 pounds. He wants to be between 390 and 400 pounds when the 2010 season begins.

Silberman is part of the 2010 class that was caught off guard late in the recruiting season in December when head coach Urban Meyer abruptly resigned, then instead took a leave of absence. Silberman said he and the rest of the Gators' No. 1 recruiting class never wavered on their commitments.

"I heard about it just like everybody else, I was watching a football game at a friend's house and I found out like everybody else,'' he said. "There was concern at first, but once all the commits talked and we talked to coach (Steve) Addazio and all the other position coaches, we knew everything was going to be fine and we were still going to be good.''

Ranked No. 71 on the Top 100 list, Silberman said the speed of the game and the size of the players has been the biggest adjustment.

"The speed is ridiculous and everybody is either your size or bigger,'' he said. 'In high school, you go against some smaller guys, not everybody is 6-5, 290, and everybody is not 4.4 or 4.5 (speed). The speed and the size is ridiculous compared to high school.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:48pm]


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