TE transfer Jake McGee getting accustomed to life with the Gators
In about one month's time, Jake McGee has already learned who he to buddy up with.
The guy who can throw him the ball.
The TE who transferred from Virginia last month is now one of Florida QB Jeff Driskel's roommates, and he said today he's "getting in his quarterback's ear" anytime he can, solidifying his buddy status.
"If I have some extra food I'll pass it to him before anybody else," he jokingly said. "If he needs a ride, I won't know where I'm going but I'll take him where he needs to go.''
Kidding aside, McGee said he's quickly building a bond with Driskel and other Gators teammates that he hopes will translate on the field this fall.
McGee, who graduated from Virginia in May, uitlized the NCAA graduate transfer rule that will allow him to play immediately.
He said since the Gators are installing a new offense, he doesn't feel too far behind the rest of the team as afar as learning the new system.
McGee said his familiarity with Florida's new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper factored into his decision to join the Gators.
"It seemed to me a pretty good fit with sort of having a relationship with coach Roper from him recruiting me out of high school and then playing against Duke the last four years," McGee said.
At Virginia, McGee was one hour away from home. He said he feels like the move to Gainesville has been a welcome challenge. So far, so good.
"It's been a whirlwind at first," he said. "It was a quick transition, I hadn't really done graduation yet, then I got down here and started class right way. But the guys have been great. . . . Relationships are starting to build. I couldn't really ask for anything more.''