Florida Gators freshman tight end Colin Thompson will miss at least two months after having a second surgery to repair a fractured bone in his right foot. The time missed may lead to a redshirt season for the incoming TE. Missing that much time early in your first season puts you behind the learning curve and Thompson will miss plenty of practice experience during those two months. If not needed, he may be held out throughout 2012, leaving us waiting until 2013 to see him on the field.
Thompson’s absense leaves the Gators with three healthy tight ends currently participating in practice – Clay Burton, Kent Taylor and Tevin Westbrook. This may actually give fellow freshman Taylor a chance to earn more reps and put himself in a good position to see the field this fall. Both Burton and Westbrook were converted from the defensive side of the ball and starter Jordan Reed is being held out with an MCL spain. This is Taylor’s chance to prove his worth as the nation’s top high school tight end a year ago.
Thompson will undergo surgery on Wednesday during which a screw will be inserted in order to stabilize his foot. Because it’s the second surgery, recovery time could be more than the typical six weeks.
With a new commitment comes the return of the Alligator Army Recruit Report. For more on the latest member of Florida’s 2012 recruiting class, check out this piece where I break down highlights from Kent Taylor’s Land O’ Lakes’ days. Taylor – the nation’s top tight end prospect – is a great addition to the class and a perfect compliment to Colin Thompson. The two are different types of tight ends and should both have an impact on future offenses.
Nearly a month ago, Land O’ Lakes tight end Kent Taylor told Florida he was committed to the Gators. On Thursday, he made that news public. The nation’s top tight end told the world he would wear orange and blue throughout his college career.
The news isn’t much of a surprise, but is still something to excite Florida fans. After three straight losses, the news of transfers and a decommitment, those cheering for the Gators would take any good news they could get their hands on.
Taylor joins fellow commit and tight end Colin Thompson to form what looks like the perfect pair. With word circulating that Florida will take three tight ends as part of their 2012 recruiting class, Charlie Weis might not be done with the position just yet.
For more on Taylor, head over to Alligator Army. Coming up: I breakdown his highlight reel.
The latest recruit profile is up at Alligator Army. Today’s profile covers the latest Florida commit, tight end Colin Thompson. Thompson comes to the Gators from Archbishop Wood Catholic (Warminster, PA). He is a load of a TE measuring in at 6’5″, 255. Many will describe Thompson as a blocking TE, and they would be right. But that should not take away from his catching skills and his precise route running. Both of which are definite strengths.
Thompson chose the Gators over Boston College and Wisconsin. Those will still fight for his services, but he is pretty close to being a lock. He is excited to bring a collection of skills to the TE position that Florida has not seen in recent years. Thompson is a player to like and to cheer for. His business-like demeanor on the field show extreme focus to his game and his team. Head over to Alligator Army to read more.
For those of you not into recruiting as much as the rest of us, do not fret. More posts covering other aspects of Gator sports are on the way.