Bryan ready to go wild for Gators

Taven Bryan
Florida defensive lineman Taven Bryan forces Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason to throw during the second half of last season's game in Jacksonville. [Matt Stamey/Correspondent]

The food from Burrito Famous never had a chance.
With one quick gulp, Taven Bryan made the back end of a burrito history and looked up with a smile for an interview.
The redshirt junior has made little impact in his three seasons at UF (his first was a redshirt). Time is running out.
“It’s time for me to play and be the person I can be on this team,” Bryan said.
Listed at 6-foot-5 and 293 pounds, the most significant play Bryan has made in his Gator career was a 15-yard penalty and ejection for slamming Alabama running back Joshua Jacobs to the ground in last year’s SEC title game.
The “Wyoming Wildman” has started three games at UF and has one sack and a couple of dozen tackles so far. With the loss of Caleb Brantley and Joey Ivie in the middle, Florida needs more from Bryan in the interior defense.
“I think a big key to us is Taven Bryan, who, you know, it’s time,” said Florida coach Jim McElwain. “This guy has learned from a couple really good players that have moved on. I think he’s got to be a big key for us in there.
“I know he’s not a young guy. However, he hasn’t taken a lot of snaps. So I think that’s going to be a key.”
Bryan, from Casper, Wyo., showed that he might be ready to step in at defensive tackle on a consistent basis with a strong spring. Now, he has to translate it into camp and a season’s worth of games.
So far in his career, the translation to college football has been a foreign language.
“I was a little slow, but I think I got it,” Bryan said. “This year will be different. I was slow to just being mature, do what I’m supposed to do and taking care of school, football.”
That includes bringing his reputation for intensity all the time.
“There was a little bit, but not as much as should have been,” Bryan said. “I think it’s starting to click a little bit more. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do.
“It’s exciting.”