Deonte Thompson took a redshirt last season despite being ready to play for most of the season. The payoff is supposed to be a bigger and more active role in the Gator offense this year. He had his chance against Hawaii to pull in his first career catch, but it slipped through his fingers. Had he made the play, he also would of found himself celebrating his first touchdown.
He's still waiting for his first score, but at least he's more confident that his touches will increase.
"I want to get the ball," Thompson said on Monday. "In the Hawaii game, the ball just slipped away. They'll keep trying to get it to me. I think everyone believes in me."
Against Miami, a program that was one of his final three picks when in high school, Thompson converted a long second down for the Gators when he caught a 22-yard pass down the sideline. He had another catch during the same drive before the drive was stalled and Florida forced to punt.
"It felt good to be out there playing," Thompson said. "Tebow came right back to me one play later. I hope he keeps coming back to me. We had a couple of mistakes after it though so we had to punt the ball."
Hauling in two catches makes Thompson think that Tebow will be more cognizant of his presence on the field.
"It makes the quarterback believe in you so he will hopefully keep coming to you," Thompson said. "My confidence is high right now. I just want to keep doing the things to win games. I just want to get the ‘W'."
Thompson was well aware of the struggles of the Florida offense against Miami. But he also knows with the way the Gators practice, they'll have the kinks worked out by the time they head to Knoxville.
"Everything we do in games, we already do in practice because we practice at a game tempo," Thompson said. "We just have to keep doing that. We have to keep practicing and keep polishing it up and we'll get there."
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