Moore comfortable after spring

Spring practice was full of transition for Tyler Moore. He didn't play football during the fall while attending community college, forcing him to get accustomed to the speed of a Southeastern Conference program while also trying to get back in playing shape. Moore was also thrown into a brand new playbook while serving as the first team right tackle, but he claims it wasn't too much.

"It wasn't too bad," Tyler Moore said. "My body is feeling ok, and I've been trying to take care of it as much as I could and keep my legs underneath me. Having that fall off didn't hurt too much. It helped my body recover."

Learning the playbook wasn't the difficult part. He was forced to do that while playing at Nebraska, and he did it well enough to become the first true freshman to start a season opener for the Cornhuskers. He earned four starts during his freshman year in Lincoln.

That's what made him such an attractive option for the Gators. He had already proven capable of handling himself at the highest level of college football. The additions of Moore and Maryland transfer Max Garcia now give the Gators eight proven offensive linemen on the roster.

The depth is a new thing for the Gators since Will Muschamp took over. The coaching staff has been trying to build it since getting to Gainesville, and it will provide more position battles in the fall.

"We know we have to work hard," Moore said. "It's not just about beating someone out. It's about being ready for the season."

The depth wasn't there in the spring. The spring game format was altered to a scrimmage because of just six healthy offensive linemen on the roster. Those healthy got increased reps in practice, which helped Moore get accustomed to college football quicker than if the full roster was healthy.

The entire depth chart at offensive line is expected to be healthy to start the fall.

"It'll be somewhat wide open, but the guys that went through spring will have some advantage because of all the reps and everything," Moore said. "Getting the guys back, they just have to get in the mix."

There wasn't a time for Moore to be eased into college football -- not with the defensive linemen on the roster at Florida. He was thrown up against Dante Fowler or Jonathan Bullard coming off the edge every day in practice, so it forced him to get back into football shape quickly.

Moore said Dominique Easley was the toughest matchup for him in practice because of his experience and veteran moves, but the explosiveness of Fowler was tough to block off the edge.

"He's a big guy that's busting his butt," Moore said of Fowler. "He has gotten really big. I remember back in high school, he was like 200, maybe 220. He's probably 270-280 right now but still can move. He has a good solid two moves you have to be ready for."

Against the talented defensive line that Moore said was clearly better than what he saw in the Big 12, the redshirt sophomore got better. His 6-6, 312-pound frame needed time to get into practice shape, but once it happened, the compliments from Florida players and coaches started to pour in.

Muschamp said Moore is capable of working at all five positions, but he'll head into the fall staying at right tackle with his eye on the starting job.

"That's what I was hoping for and working for," Moore said. "I got almost every rep I could. It helped me a lot. I'd like to be All-Conference at least, if not more."


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