Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Reed Ready at New Spot; Tight End Switched from Part-Time QB to Stay More Involved in Offense

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Reed Ready at New Spot; Tight End Switched from Part-Time QB to Stay More Involved in Offense

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Byline: Michael DiRocco

GAINESVILLE After quarterback John Brantley, tight end Jordan Reed might have been the happiest player on the Florida roster when he found out that coach Will Muschamp hired Charlie Weis to be the Gators' offensive coordinator.

Reed knew how much Weis' pro-style offense featured the tight end, so the redshirt sophomore figured he'd have a chance to have a big season in 2011.

"I was definitely excited," Reed said. "I've just got to go out there and make plays. Hopefully, he'll try to get me the ball."

There's no doubt that Reed figures heavily into Weis' plans this season.

"Jordan has very, very, very good ball skills, and I think he's transitioned very nicely," Weis said Tuesday, the first time he has spoken with the media since March. "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."

Weis' offense featured the tight end in his coaching stops in the NFL and at Notre Dame.

Weis spent the 2010 season in Kansas City, and tight end Tony Moeaki caught 47 passes for 556 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 11.8 yards per catch and had six catches of 20 or more yards.

Reed watched film of Moeaki, the New England Patriots and Notre Dame during the offseason to see what he should expect.

Reed saw some two tight end sets and found out he'd have to do some point-of-attack blocking, which was something he never did at New London (Conn.) High School.

"I was a quarterback before, so I never had to be physical. But now I'm learning how to block and everything," Reed said. "That's probably the hardest [adjustment]."

Although it wasn't his favorite thing to practice, Reed says he has done an OK job and has come a long way from the spring.

"I don't think anyone likes blocking," Reed said. "You've got to learn to love it, but you're never going to like it."

Reed does, however, like being on the field, which is why he told Muschamp and Weis that he'd rather be a full-time tight end than play quarterback. …

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