Muschamp beefing up line of scrimmage

Will Muschamp has been promoting the same message since his opening press conference when he was named the head coach at Florida. It's all about the depth and strength on the line of scrimmage. The Gators went a long way to shoring that up on Wednesday when they sealed the signature of three junior college transfers. Muschamp expects all three players to make an impact during the 2013 season.

"This league is a line of scrimmage league – I've said it from my first press conference," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "You've got to continue to build depth up front. You are going to have injuries up front. You've got to continue to build quality depth and guys who can block the edges and control the defensive fronts we're going to see and also be able to apply pressure on these offenses.

"We're excited about these three young men."

All three junior college transfers — offensive lineman Trenton Brown, defensive lineman Darious Cummings and offensive lineman Tyler Moore — are on the line of scrimmage and are expected to play next year.

Brown brings plenty of size. The 6-8, 363-pound transfer from Georgia Military College was named a second-team NJCAA Football All-American this season. His team went 7-4 this season and averaged 188 yards per game. His size makes him an intriguing prospect to major college programs, but the Florida coaches see much more than that in him as a prospect.

"He is a massive human being,'' Muschamp said. "He's got really good feet, really good change of direction."

It's a challenge for any player making the transition from junior college football to the Southeastern Conference.

Tyler Moore is coming from a year off of football, after playing as a freshman at Nebraska in 2010. He spent the fall at St. Petersburg Community College. While at Nebraska, Moore started the first four games of the season and played in nine total games.

With him on the field, the Cornhuskers ran the ball well. They ran for over 200 yards in all four games that he started, including crossing the 300-yard margin against Washington and Wyoming. Moore was the 10th true freshman offensive lineman to see action at Nebraska since 1973.

His four starts were the most by a true freshman offensive lineman in Nebraska school history, and he was also the first freshman to start a season opener in school history.

He already has a track record in college football, but there will still be an adjustment period for him, too.

"(Trenton Brown) is going to go through the transition from playing junior-college football to playing in the SEC,'' Muschamp said. "That will be a little bit of transition. Tyler missed this fall, so there is going to be a little transition for him as well. Both guys are athletically, and from a size standpoint, what we're looking for."

With Omar Hunter graduating combined with the possibility of Sharrif Floyd and Dominique Easley heading to the NFL early, the Gators needed to bring in help at defensive tackle. Cummings will be able to help that.

He originally went to Astronaut High School in Titusville, Fla., and signed with Florida State out of high school. He played in three games as a true freshman at Florida State and two games as a sophomore before an injury caused him to miss the rest of the 2011 season.

Cummings played in ten games this season at East Mississippi Community College, totaling 26 tackles, adding four tackles for a loss, three sacks, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. The defense he led allowed just 74.2 rushing yards per game.

"He is a very active guy inside,'' Muschamp said. "We feel like we've got to continue to improve our line of scrimmage and add depth to our line of scrimmage."

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