Reed Just Wants to Play 'Football'

Jordan Reed isn't ready to be pigeonholed at one position just yet. The quarterback turned tight end turned quarterback-tight end is starting to get a little notoriety with Gator fans because of his excellent play at quarterback late in the season. Reed threw for another touchdown Saturday, and in a weird twist, it was to starting quarterback John Brantley. He continues to work at both positions.

On the season, Jordan Reed has completed 16-of-29 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns. He also has 186 rushing yards and five touchdowns when running from the quarterback position. A power player when he runs the ball, Reed has become a reliable part of the short yardage game for Florida.

Reed is also a very promising receiver as a tight end and his 6-3, 250-pound frame and big time speed and power are things pro scouts will covet when his college career is over.

However, there is an enigma. Florida is having issues on offense and they seem to mainly come from a starting quarterback that doesn't fit the mold of what the Gators usually try to do on offense. Athletically, Reed fits in that mold. Reed is a man in the middle of it and was asked after the win over Appalachian State what position is in his heart? He was pretty non-committal.

"Football", he said.

With the amount of playbook the staff has thrown at him, Reed feels good doing his thing on the field. He has been given a limited playbook to run with and has done well. When head coach Urban Meyer was asked about his comments on Reed not being a quarterback and to respond on his play now, Meyer quipped, "Getting close, isn't he?"

"I feel comfortable and practice hard," Reed said about playing the position. "We have just been working on the same plays. I just want to play wherever they put me at, keep working hard at wherever they put me."

Reed probably would have stayed at quarterback except for his self-described inability to digest complex and varied college defenses.

"I just have to work hard and study defenses," he said. "I have to get a lot more comfortable reading defenses. They play a lot of defenses." We probably would have seen more of Reed, who was the surprise of the spring at tight end with all of his athletic ability, if not for some untimely injuries.

"When I came into camp I hurt my hamstring and was out for the whole camp," Reed said. Then I got hurt the week after camp and missed the first game. I was able to play it's just that I haven't been in football shape."

He's also a terrific team player as noted by his unselfish attitude in playing multiple positions. On Saturday, team favorite and senior walk-on Gary Beemer was inserted into the game as a surprise and given the chance to score a touchdown for the Gators.

After two close calls on first and second down, Reed took matters in his own hands and ran up behind Beemer and pushed him forward when the pile stopped in order for Beemer to push it across the goal line.

"That was all Beemer, I just gave him the ball," Reed said sheepishly to laughter from the media in attendance. "They said hand him the ball, so I just told the line to block the man in front of them, there wasn't a play."

Reed will likely to see more action at quarterback in the last two games of the year. The senior day win was big for the morale of the team as they head to Tallahassee to play FSU next week and on to a bowl game.

"I think we needed that and I am glad we all played hard and did our jobs," he said. "Now we will have a little more confidence."
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