GAINESVILLE — Tyler Moore will be the first to tell you that last year wasn't a pleasant season with the Florida Gators.
The redshirt junior offensive lineman was the victim of circumstances on and off the field. With so many injuries on the Gators, Moore, who entered 2013 camp at right guard, was forced to play right tackle and some at left tackle.
It was a task that proved to be difficult.
"It was tough, I can say that," said Moore, a Countryside High alumnus.
"When you start at one position and then you're forced to play another — and sometimes you don't know until game time where you're going to be — it's a difficult situation. But we all wanted to do whatever we could to help the team."
A tackle by nature, Moore is listed on this season's opening depth chart at second-team left and right guard.
"I played tackle most of my time in high school," Moore said. "I liked the outside more with more space and everything, but I've gotten used to being inside."
And with more depth and healthy bodies, Moore, who missed the final four games last season after breaking an elbow in a scooter accident, said he believes he'll be a much better player if he's able to consistently stay at one position.
"When you can stick to one spot … it helps a lot, unlike last year, when I played right guard in camp, then once the season started and Chaz (Green) went down, I went to right tackle, then when 'Hump' (D.J. Humphries) went down, I had to go to left tackle."
First-year offensive coordinator Kurt Roper said he's aware of the struggles of the offensive line last season, but from what he has seen in fall camp, he expects a much better unit.
"I think we're pretty good there," Roper said. "We've got to go play a game. You like to take it one game at a time and not get too far ahead of yourself, but I think we've got a good group. I really do."
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