Thompson set to transfer from Florida


Tight end Colin Thompson is transferring from Florida after an injury-riddled two seasons.

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Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 2:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 2:13 p.m.

Florida redshirt sophomore tight end Colin Thompson is in the process of transferring from the football program.

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“We granted permission for schools to contact Colin,” UF sports information director Steve McClain said. “The SEC approved a medical exemption for him in May and we will share that information with the other institutions.”

Thompson has been dealing with foot injuries since he arrived in Gainesville and played just three games in two years.

He's already exploring his transfer options and reportedly visited Penn State on Thursday.

With his departure, Florida has now lost both tight ends from its 2012 recruiting class. Kent Taylor transferred to Kansas last December. He and Thompson were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively at their position by Scout.

However, Thompson leaving is not a big blow for the offense, and not just because he had yet to produce or that former Virginia tight end Jake McGee is eligible to play for UF this season.

At the time of Thompson’s signing, his blocking ability and 260-pound frame gave the Gators an important and missing piece in their pro-style system.

But under new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, that type of tight end is no longer needed for his spread offense. Florida is now looking for pass catchers who can play the B-position, which is combination of tight end, H-back and fullback assignments that include lining up in the slot, out wide or in the backfield on any given play.

The ideal skill set for the B-position is a player who weighs 220-230 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.6-second range. The three tight ends signed by the Gators in their last class — DeAndre Goolsby, C’yontai Lewis and Moral Stephens — and the one they have committed for 2015 — Camrin Knight — all fit that mold.

“We’re not asking a guy to play on the surface (line of scrimmage) as much and get movement on a six-technique (defensive end) in our league, which could be a 270-pound kid,” UF coach Will Muschamp said last month. “So that’s different, and it’s not necessarily what we’re looking for now as far as from a blocking description. That part has changed. We still want them to be able stretch the field (in the passing game) and get the matchups on the linebackers and safeties.”

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