Gators TE Kent Taylor may be headed for a redshirt
After seeing action in six games as a freshman last season, including a 5-yard TD reception against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, expectations were high for Florida TE Kent Taylor.
But Taylor, a former Land 'O Lakes standout, has battled injuries and failed to emerge as a viable option for the Gators' struggling offense. On Tuesday, Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease said the reasons are varied, and hinted the Gators may try to redshirt Taylor.
"You know we said this was going to be more of a time where we were going to use him as a redshirt," Pease said, adding that Taylor still hasn't proven he's totally ready to step into the role. "It's still, you're still going against scout team and we still have reps whether they're taking plays and repetitions against our defense. You've got to be able to block in that position, and run routes, and you gotta see that you can perform and your performance has got to show up. But I don't know if his development is totally there."
Taylor has yet to play this season. Florida coach Will Muschamp announced the week of the Kentucky game that Taylor had been battling an ankle injury all season. Pease said his size and ability to grasp the offense are also factors in his lack of playing time, but said that doesn't mean Taylor doesn't have the ability.
"Not every kid's going to be an immediate guy," Pease said. "He's a kid that's got to maintain weight to play in that position. He can't be too light. And sometimes I think in this sport, and at this level, you've got to give kids a chance to develop. It's not going to be just because he catches a touchdown pass in a game. It's gonna be one to two, sometimes three years. You look at the good teams and the good players, they really start showing up their junior year. Some kids do it as sophomores. But junior year and senior year you hope they are still around here continuing to play and prepare themselves.”