Injury Report: Freshman Tight End Colin Thompson Out 2 Months After Second Surgery

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.

Sophomore Defensive End Tevin Westbrook Moving To Tight End

Florida Gators soon-to-be sophomore defensive end Tevin Westbrook will move to tight end. Head coach Will Muschamp mentioned the move would have been made earlier, but the Gators were thin along the defensive line during the spring. The 6’5″, 268-pound Westbrook immediately becomes the biggest tight end on the roster. With his size, Westbrook is expected to be used primarily in running situations as an extra blocker. If he can make a smooth transition to tight end, we may even see him on the field on offense during the fall. Don’t expect too many passes to be directed his way though.

Westbrook came to Florida as a three-star defensive end in the 2011 recruiting class. Rivals ranked him as the No. 47 overall strong side defensive end in the nation at the time. He chose the Gators over Connecticut, North Carolina, Purdue and USF. Westbrook appeared in three games and recorded two tackles as a true freshman.

Florida Gators Add Defensive End; Tevin Westbrook Commits

Fast and furious. Like a sequel to a sequel to a sequel of a movie that was fun 10 years ago, but has become nothing more than an excuse to keep Vin Diesel employed, Florida recruiting has gone fast and furious.  With two commitments in only four days, the Gators are on the hottest streak in the entire nation.  Add that to another commitment that came in on the fifth of January and WOO WEE BOOM!  (We’re being sarcastic here.  Take a look at Florida’s commitment list.  Since Mike Blakely was added to the list on October 26, only three names have joined him.  That’s painfully slow.  But it’s almost all over.  A fast and furious finish to end it.)

The third commitment in that time frame mentioned came today in the form of Tevin Westbrook.  Westbrook is a 6’5”, 260 lb. defensive end from Coconut Creek, FL who ranks 45th in the nation at his position and 97th overall in the state of Florida according to Rivals.com.  He had narrowed his choices down to the Gators, Purdue, UConn, UNC and USF.  Among his strengths are his explosiveness and speed around the outside, his athletic frame, and his ability to look like a man twice his age.  Westbrook will be given time to grow within the program and become a chiseled quarterback mangler.