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June 30, 2010

20/10 for 2010: Will Moore live up to billing?


With the 2010 season fast approaching, GatorBait.net will stop to take a look at the 20 returning players and the 10 incoming freshmen most important to Florida's success.

GBN will count down two returning players and one incoming freshman in each part of this 10-part series, finishing with the most important players for Florida in the 2010 season.


No. 20
Jordan Reed
Position: Tight End
Class: Redshirt Sophomore
Size: 6-3, 240
New London (Conn.)
2009 season: Redshirted
  • Why he makes the list: With Aaron Hernandez gone to the NFL, someone will have to step up at tight end. With Desmond Parks injured during the spring, Reed got his chance to shine and made the most of it. He offers more athleticism and versatility than Parks at the tight end position.
  • Questions to be answered: After moving to tight end from the quarterback spot, there is still plenty for Reed to learn. Perhaps the most important thing he needs to learn to be an effective starting tight end is blocking. It also remains to be seen if Reed can provide the Gators with an effective option as a Wildcat quarterback.
  • Best case scenario: If Reed continues his dominance from the spring as a receiver, he will become one of the main targets for quarterback John Brantley in the 2010 season. Ideally, he will improve his blocking and become an every-down player as a tight end. Occasionally, he would see time as the Wildcat quarterback, giving the offense an element of unpredictability whenever he is on the field.
  • Best guess: Reed will win the starting tight end job early in the year due to his ability to run the Wildcat package. However, after producing relatively well as the Wildcat quarterback against non-SEC competition, he will see less and less snaps there as the season progresses. By season's end, the Wildcat will be something that only makes an occasional appearance and Reed will primarily be used as a pass-catching tight end.

VOTE: How will Reed fare during the 2010 season?

No. 19
Carl Moore
Position: Wide Receiver
Class: Redshirt Senior
Size: 6-3, 222
Roseville (Calif.) Cordova
2009 season: Redshirted
  • Why he makes the list: Simply put, Moore makes the cut here because Florida doesn't have any proven receivers. He will offer the Gators a good possession receiver who is a threat on third down and in the red zone. If he can stay injury-free and play to his potential, he should be one of the top four receivers in 2010.
  • Questions to be answered: Moore showed some off-the-field issues in the spring, missing a couple of practices for "personal reasons." When he returned, he seemed generally frustrated as he worked with the second team the rest of the spring. Can he settle down and be a leader and contributor among the receiving corps? Will his back injury flare up again?
  • Best case scenario: Moore's perceived frustration in the spring motivates him to work hard in the off season. He becomes a steady presence in the offense and offers Florida a possession receiver to complement the speed of Deonte Thompson, Chris Rainey and Andre Debose. If he does that, Florida's passing game becomes a versatile, well-balanced attack.
  • Best guess: Moore will have a good, but not great, year at receiver. Florida's offense ends up focusing on the play-making ability of Rainey and the other speedsters and Moore sees only the occasional throw his way. He will make a few key catches throughout the year but will only tally around 30 catches.

VOTE: Can Carl Moore be a go-to receiver?


No. 10
Mack Brown
Position: Running Back
Class: True Freshman
Size: 5-11, 180
Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King Jr.
2009 season: Rushed for just over 1,100-yards
  • Why he makes the list: Brown makes the cut here because of his potential to be the all-around running back that the Gators have been looking for in the Urban Meyer era. He has the size to be an every-down runner and a threat on third down. He's also got the speed and elusiveness to be a home run threat on every play.
  • Questions to be answered: With a talented stable of running backs already on board, Brown will have to be extremely impressive to see playing time during the 2010 season. Can he impress the coaches enough to get on the field early? Will he offer an element to the offense that none of the other running backs on the roster do?
  • Best case scenario: Brown's talent immediately makes him a candidate for early playing time and he makes the most of that opportunity. By impressing in mop-up duty in early games, he gets more important carries in SEC play and continues to impress. He becomes a viable second option in the running game and puts up numbers similar to Trent Richardson at Alabama in 2009.
  • Best guess: Brown will impress early on and make it clear that he will not be a redshirt candidate. However, the Gators don't suffer any key injuries at running back, and he is largely limited to mop-up duty. He comes on late and runs strong to help the Gators close out games, much like Mike Gillislee did last season for Florida.

VOTE: What will Brown's production level be during the 2010 season?

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