Georgia Bulldogs 17 – Florida Gators 9; Jordan Reed, Hold Your Head Up

Jordan Reed came to the Florida Gators in 2009 out of New London, CT. He was recruited as a quarterback and was considered one of the better dual-threat QBs in the nation. There weren’t many out there that expected him to stay at the position, but he would…at first.

Jordan Reed - Will Muschamp - Florida Gators

Reed redshirted in 2009–his first season on campus. In 2010–as the Gators would look nearly everywhere for a serviceable quarterback–he got the chance to play his high school position at the college level. Reed was efficient, but not overly so. Still, he put together a passer efficiency rating of just under 120 and had some memorable moments. Against Vanderbilt that season, Reed went 11-for-19 through the air for 130 yards and ran for another 84. He would pass for one touchdown and score another on the ground. There were flashes, but nothing spectacular. Ultimately, it was fairly obvious he would have more success at another position–tight end.

Having played some tight end in 2010, Reed went to the position full-time for the 2011 season. There were some growing pains as a TE, but Reed turned himself into a solid player with great promise as a pass catcher and a big target. Reed was putting together a good 2012 despite Florida struggling to find it’s way as a passing team. There were already whispers of where he might go in the NFL Draft in a year or two. On Saturday–while down 17-9 to the Georgia Bulldogs–the Gators went to their reliable (and now possibly even “star” tight end). As Reed sprinted toward the end-zone looking to get the Gators closer to a possible eighth victory, he fumbled. The air was let out of every orange and blue balloon at the same exact moment.

It could have happened to anyone, but it didn’t. It happened to Jordan Reed. It happened to a hard worker that switched positions and became one of the most reliable and productive players on the Florida roster. It happened to the player Jeff Driskel was looking for when the Gators were nearing the end-zone.

It’s not Reed’s fault the Gators lost. He obviously took it hard–anyone would–but the Gators turned over the ball five other times. Florida gave Georgia the ball in great position to score and while the defense held as tight as they could for most of the night, they couldn’t do it on every play. Reed plays one position and will be remember for one unfortunate play. He was chased from behind by one of college football’s best players–Jarvis Jones–and fumbled the ball into the end-zone where the Bulldogs recovered. There’s no blame to be put on Jordan Reed. Far from it. He should hold his head high, as hard as it will be to do that. Much more than that contributed to Florida’s loss. This has been a particularly odd season as it is and a six turnover game almost seems par for the course. Reed didn’t fumble that game away, something else entirely did.

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9 Responses to Georgia Bulldogs 17 – Florida Gators 9; Jordan Reed, Hold Your Head Up

  1. jaydelay says:

    Jordan Reed wasn’t a bad qb at all, he was actually a whole lot better than John Brantley but never got the chance to shine, you can’t make an accurate assesment of how good someone is until they’ve actually gotten substansial playing time at that position, which Reed never did. Anyway, as far as the game went, i feel that Brent Pease was to blame for the loss more than anything. Jarvis Jones pretty much single handedly demolished his one demensional offense and he made no adjustments on the offensive line to deter Jones from damn near taking the handoffs from Driskell. He waited until the last 4 min of the game to start throwing the ball downfield and Reed was only trying to make a play so he has no reason to hang his head. Brent Pease on the other hand, was the OC for the Boise St. team that crushed GA last year and that team had a balanced offense of passing and running in one of the worst conferences in college football, if not the worst. Why come to Florida this year(where he has more superior athletes) and to the best conference in college football and decide to be one demensional on offense. I was literally cursing at the t.v. the whole game as i watched GA blitz on damn near every play as Pease continued to call run after run. Common sense tells you that if your offense hasn’t been able to run the ball after a quarter or so, then you go downfield, but you never wait until the last 4 min of a game that you’re behind in, to start doing what you should’ve been doing for the last 2 quarters. GA’s gameplan to stop FLA’s offense was simple, blitz Driskell every play and dare him to throw it. If this is the best that Pease can do as an OC for Fla, then maybe he needs to go back to the WAC, cause honestly, if you look at the offense this year, it’s the same as it was last year. The only thing that makes it seem better is the fact that Fla has better players at the skill positions and the defense and special teams have played well enough to force turnovers and keep the Gators in the game, but putting that much pressure on your defense like that week in and week out in the SEC with a one demensional offense is not gonna win your team any titles. FLA hasn’t had an offensive coordinator that wasn’t afraid to attack defenses aggressively through the air since Dan Mullen left for Mississippi State. The last 3(Addazio, Weis, Pease) i haven’t been impressed with at all.

    • I didn’t say Reed was a bad QB. Far from it, but he wasn’t a great one either. I think the move to TE was the right one for him in the end. He has already proven to be a great one. What got him most at QB was the playbook. Trey Burton had to call the reads to the line and receivers as Reed struggled with the calls. He could have been an above average QB had he stuck with it, but I’d rather have him be a good TE. Think it worked out for him in the end.

      • Evandagator says:

        Without question, agreed.

        Reed was never going to be an NFL talent at Qb, but he does hhave a chance at it from thee TE.

        Besides, would he really have anyone to throw to since he himself wouldn’t be a receiver?
        Bottom line is that he’s the most consistent target we have in a receiving corps that is very limited.

    • Not sure you can really compare the WAC to the SEC, because if you do, you have to take defenses into account too. The defenses Pease used to call plays against were so far down the ladder from the SEC ones that’s it’s not even in the same ballpark.

      I think what he’s finding is that it takes time. Florida has talent, but has also had major struggles at WR for years now. WRs aren’t running tight routes and are struggling to get open.

      The biggest concern – as you said – was the game plan yesterday. It was unimaginative and not what was needed to win. I’m not ready to lump him in with Addazio and Weis just yet because their problems were an entire different world, but I hope something changes in the next few weeks. Pease needs to open the playbook, but Muschamp also needs to let him. I can’t say one season should be it for the guy. He needs time to fully bring in his system and go from there.

      Yesterday was rough, very rough and – again, as you said – thankfully we have the defense and special teams we do. Now we need the pass blocking, offensive adjustments, and play calling to go with it. It wasn’t going to all be fixed in one season, let alone 8 games, but we need some offensive fireworks.

  2. mdc says:

    As a UGA fan, happy to see him take his talents to the NFL. Much like Orson Charles, he needs to be aware of how much demand there is for TEs in the NFL right now.

    Seriously, as has been pointed out, he is the only real elite play maker for UF on offense. UF’s WRs had 3 catches for 40 yards. That is almost unfathomable.

    In as much as Muschamp deserves credit for building towards a “line of scrimmage team” and making the best of UF’s relatively limited play makers on offense, his teams still commit gobs of stupid penalties. They continued from start to finish, as the facemask penalty on 2nd down that gave us the game clinching first down to run out the clock.

    I know the arguments about meyer’s team’s being heavily penalized, but that is something that must get fixed if UF is going to elite under muschamp. We had a lot of penalties too, but we had very few procedure penalties and such that truly killed drives, and quite frankly, we have not been heavily penalized the past few years, reflecting the coaching staff making a concerted effort to reduce such.

    • What gets me the most about the penalties is like you said the procedural ones. Both of those teams committed unbelievably stupid penalties in terms of the personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct calls, but if Florida gets called for “12 men breaking the huddle” one more time, I may put a foot through my TV. I’m starting to understand why Muschamp goes ballistic on the sidelines. 8 games into the season you have to know assignments and plays. It’s killing drives and momentum.

      • That said, that was an ugly game all around. 24 combined penalties for 227 total yards and 9 total turnovers. I don’t want to relive it at all and I’d even be saying that if we had won. Ugly Saturday and glad it’s over.

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