Thurman Ready for Challenge

Incoming Florida freshman, Trip Thurman is bringing great size, strength, and quick feet to the Gators' offensive line. Thurman says he is looking forward to collegiate level football and adds he could not be more excited to join Gator Nation. Thurman says he is ready to make the adjustments necessary to be successful both on and off the field at Florida.

At 6-6, 307 pounds, Trip Thurman is use to being the biggest kid on the field in his hometown of Dover, Delaware. But, he says he is looking forward to the competition within the Southeastern Conference.

"The speed of the game in college is a lot faster than I am used to. And other guys will be just as big as me, I'm ready for the challenge," Thurman said.

Thurman says he is not only going to work on his speed and strength but on staying mentally focused on his goals.

"I am excited to get in there and soak everything in. I am going to work hard in the weight room and prepare for next year or this year if I get an opportunity to get on the field," Thurman said.

Off the field, Thurman is expecting a big transition period but it is nothing he isn't prepared for.

"Like any other freshman I'll be on my own and I'll have a lot more responsibilities. I always have my parents and brother around and not having them there will be the biggest transition outside of football, classes, and a busy schedule," Thurman said.

When asked if he is looking forward to playing under new Florida head coach, Will Muschamp, Thurman enthusiastically responded, "Yes. He is an upbeat coach and he knows what he is talking about. And when it comes down to business, he knows how to get it done."

Growing up, Thurman was not a fan of the Gators. But, when he stepped onto campus for the first time, he knew this was the right place for him.

"It means a lot to me to continue my football career at such a great school. I was a Tennessee fan and I didn't like the Gators at all. But, after the recruiting process I have grown to love the Florida Gators and the program now means a lot to me," Thurman said.

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