Muschamp pleased with tight end progress


Florida's Clay Burton, at left, and teammate Colin Thompson during UF Football Media Day at the Touchdown Terrace Thursday, August 1, 2013.

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Published: Monday, August 5, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 5, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.

The tight end position on the Florida football team is considered the biggest question mark on the offense. Three days into preseason camp, coach Will Muschamp said he's been pleased with what he's seen out of the tight ends.

“I think (redshirt freshman) Colin Thompson has done some nice things, blocking at the point and in the passing game,” Muschamp said. “Tevin Westbrook had a really good first day, continues to come on and progress. Clay Burton has been a very dependable guy. He's done some nice things.

“Kent Taylor has improved. We've improved from where we were in the spring. That's what you want to do, take the next step forward. I think we've taken some positive steps from spring.”

Muschamp said Taylor has gained much needed weight and strength since the spring.

“He's gotten bigger, and he's doing a better job of blocking at the point,” he said. “We've just got to ask him to do things that he can do. He can catch the ball and play in space and we've got to continue to try and get him the ball in those ways.”

Muschamp also mentioned true freshman Trevon Young, the final member of the recruiting class who turned down a chance to possibly play college basketball to come to UF as a project at tight end or on the offensive or defensive line.

“Trevon Young is a guy we're mixing in there,” Muschamp said. “Athletically, for 270 pounds at the tight end position, he moves well. I don't know how much he'll help us, but his athleticism fits.

“He's a really good athlete, very flexible. He can bend and change direction. He's 270 now and 6-4, 6-5. Those guys can do something for your football team. We want to be a big, fast, physical team and that's why you add guys like that in your recruiting class late.”

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