Now that Taven Bryan, the “Wyoming Wild Man”, has taken his game to the NFL, junior middle linebacker David Reese has the distinction of being the Gator who is furthest from home.
Reese is from Farmington, Mich., which is 1,060 miles from Gainesville. He’s a long way from home, but he’s OK with it.
“I’m pretty much used to it,” Reese said. “My parents come down here a lot. They’re both administrators, teachers. They get off time to come down here and check me out. They come to most of my games. I’ve got a good support system around me, so I don’t really feel it as much, but I do miss it a little bit. I try to get home when I can.”
Reese doesn’t have time to go back home this summer. He’s too busy working on his game and working out with his teammates.
He said the competition among the players never ends, and that it’s a good thing.
“We always compete with each other,” he said. “This is supposed to be a fun thing. This isn’t work, a job or nine to five. We always compete with each other day in and day out just to get the energy going and enjoy coming out here every day.
“Definitely. We feel as a team we have to have energy and try to sustain it as long as possible through the season. I feel like that’s what great teams have. They don’t ever fall off.”
Reese said this is going to be a summer of bonding for the Gators.
“We actually have a couple of team events that we’ve been doing and trying to stick around with each other. We know that’s what we’re going to have to do to win games when it’s tight.”
As for being more than 1,000 miles from his hometown, Reese said Gainesville actually is home now.
“I love it here,” he said.