Jordan getting early feel for center

There is nothing like showing up to an all-star event against the best players at every position and then being told you are playing a different position, the morning of the first practice. Welcome to the world of Tyler Jordan, Under Armour All-American and guard turned center.

It isn’t a terrible thing that he is getting an early start at the position. The Florida coaching staff has pegged Tyler Jordan as a center since they started recruiting him. He’s getting valuable experience in a very tough environment to learn some of the ins and outs at the position.

“It went alright for the first day,” Jordan said shortly after the three hour session. “I need to work on some things tomorrow. I need to get my snaps up a little bit.

“Originally I was supposed to play guard and then they told me this morning I was going to play center,” he said. “I started working on some guard specific stuff for this game. I will come early to practice tomorrow and get some early snaps.”

The fact is Jordan has been playing tackle for Bishop Kenny in Jacksonville for most of his high school career. Used to using his feet and quickness more than all the brawn, Jordan has been thrown into the inner trenches of the line and has held his own quite nicely against the bigger guys on the line. It wasn’t something he was worried about having matched up well with 5-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson of Baker County on an annual basis.

“Not really, because I have blocked CeCe every year,” Jordan said about matching up against the nation’s best. “I was a little nervous, but once we got going, I was fine.”

He’s looking forward to the rest of the week.

“It is a great experience and I just have to keep working to get better every day,” he said.

Stay tuned as we continue to cover Jordan and the rest of the Gator prospects here at Fightin’ Gators.

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