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.