Thompson Expecting Breakout Year

For one Florida Gator, 2010 probably couldn't get here quick enough. Deonte Thompson was pretty much an afterthought in an offense that struggled at times in 2009. Now the junior to be is ready for a season and hopes the offense and his role in it will resemble that of the Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati. Thompson will be ready.

The Florida Gators set all kinds of team records in New Orleans on New Years Day. Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow led an offense that threw for 482 yards and an offense that totaled 659 yards and 51 points.

It was a stark contrast to some of the outings the offense had during the 2009 season.

Deonte Thompson saw his name and number called five times in the game, catching five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Those five catches were more than a quarter of what Thompson had on the entire season before the game.

Thompson said the offense wasn't much different, just the execution of it was.

"We were just clicking on all cylinders, guys were just ready to play," Thompson said. "It is the same game plan we played all year. Tim just came out and played a great game and going through his reads, and made some great throws. We just made some plays for him."

Deonte was all smiles during the game and with a new wide receiver coach, he feels like he has a new lease on life and his time on the field. He is expecting everyone to see the dynamic Thompson we saw in New Orleans with the spectacular catch in the end zone getting the one foot down and the speedy Thompson that made several defenders miss during the course of action.

"Oh yeah, that is the Deonte you will see next year," Thompson said with a smile about an hour after the game.

He likes the nucleus of the returning Gators who will undoubtedly miss some key components, but will be faster on both sides of the ball in 2010.

"We are going to be good, real good," Thompson said. "There is a lot of young talent. You'll see, we are going to be real good."

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