Gators' Jordan Reed charted his own path to starting TE
Shortly after he arrived in Gainesvile, Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis met with each offensive player to find out where he saw himself in the Gators' offense.
His meeting with TE Jordan Reed took him by surprise.
"When I came here I sat down with these guys to see where they saw themselves and I was waiting for him to say that 'I see myself as the starting quarterback'," Weis said. "And he says, 'I see myself as the starting tight end.' And I said let's go buddy. OK. You're a tight end now. Next. Let me bring in the next candidate.''
Reed, who didn't play football until he got to high school, played sparingly at tight end while alternating among three quarterbacks last season, said he felt TE was where he'd have the best opportunity to play. It turns out he was right, although he had only played quarterback when he arrived in Gainesville in 2009.
"Jordan has very, very, very good ball skills and I think he's transitioned very nicely,'' Weis said. "He's really done a nice job and I don't think it'll be hard to find him on the field. I think you'll be able to find him pretty easily.''
So far, the toughest part of the transition has been learning to block at the position.
"At quarterback, of course I never had to be physical,'' Reed said. "But now I'm learning how to block, and that's probably the hardest. Like it? I don't know if I'll ever like blocking, but you've got to learn to love it.''
Interestingly enough, during his meeting with Weis, Reed was asked who should be the starting quarterback.
"He said (John) Brantley,'' Weis said. "I said, OK, you're playing the wrong position. Let's go.''