Mike Pouncey returned for his senior season at Florida with the idea that he would take over for his brother Maurkice at center and eventually become a higher NFL Draft pick than his identical twin, who was taken in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers last spring.
But it’s looking more and more like Pouncey will open the season at right tackle.
“I might have to play tackle in the first couple of games,” Mike said Tuesday. “We’ll see. We still don’t know.
“It doesn’t matter to me. I feel like I’m a great player wherever I play, and I just want to win. I didn’t expect it. I thought I was going to play center, but I’ll do whatever it takes to help us win games. If it means me having to play tackle, that’s what it’s going to be.”
Pouncey has been playing right tackle because starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert has been moved to the left side, where Matt Patchan and Xavier Nixon, who were supposed to battle for the starting role, have been out with injuries.
Less than two weeks before the start of the season, Pouncey said the Gators have yet to determine who their starting five on the offensive line will be for the Sept. 4 opener.
If Pouncey starts at right tackle, redshirt sophomore Sam Robey will get the starting nod at center, Pouncey said.
“(The odds) are pretty high right now with us having our left tackles out,” Pouncey said. “Robey is ready. He’s been sitting behind me and my brother. He’s just waiting for his opportunity. If he gets it, I think he’s going to take full advantage of it.”