I know that sounds a little difficult to understand, so let me clarify that: In order to be a successful football player at Florida, you need to do two things.
Two steps. Thats what it takes to succeed at Florida on offense- you need to play at least two different positions.
Tim Tebow, the best college football player of all time (I’ll defend that to anybody who wants to argue) played five positions.
Quarterback, running back, wildcat QB, co-offensive coordinator and cheerleader.
We all know that Tebow was a QB by position. We also know that he was a powerful runner, and let’s face it- Florida basically ran the Wildcat with Tebow for four years because he was a threat to run for big chunks of yardage, only difference was, Tebow could throw like a real quarterback, I don’t especially care what Deonte Strangegloves Thompson said.
He was also a huge part of planning- he met with Mullen at least once and sometimes twice a day, and for all the fist pumps, Gator Chomps and raising his arms, he’s a cheerleader.
And we apparently just signed another Tebow type player- Jeff Driskel.
But it wasn’t just Tebow. Percy Harvin, Brandon James, Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps all played both running back and receiver during their time at Florida, and James returned 95% of punts and kicks.
Aaron Hernandez and Cornelius Ingram played tight end and some wide receiver in some packages created to throw off opponents, and Riley Cooper was a receiver by position but did a significant amount of blocking, more than you might expect from a receiver.
Louis Murphy and Andre Caldwell played both wideout and slot receiver, two similar yet distinguishably different positions, and they had fine careers.
All of those players had pretty damned good careers, didn’t they?
Now look at players who only played one position in recent years. Kestahn Moore, Emmanuel Moody, Carl Moore, David Nelson, DeShawn Wynn, Chris Leak, etc.
They all had good careers at Florida, sure, but were any of them really great?
So where is this headed?
Well, I’m not exactly sure why that is, in fact, I would think that the opposite is true for offensive players- when you do more, your production drops. And it is true for everybody else- Chas Henry was forced to kick field goals, and didn’t do especially well at it and his punting dropped a little bit. Oh and he won the Ray Guy Award. Our good buddy Steve Addazio, was actually a great offensive line coach but could he call an effective drive to save his life? No. I’m not defending Addazio, he’s a moron, but he had too much on his plate and he was no longer useful to us (though he was extremely helpful to opponents).
The bottom line- the really good players that Florida hauls in are freaks of nature, and who recruited them? Mainly Meyer- and if Muschamp is half the recruiter that he has shown himself to be this far, he’ll keep it up.
Muschamp will hopefully do that for defense, too- numerous guys who played for him were linebackers/defensive linemen, or linebackers/safeties. I hear everything is bigger in Texas- including the number of recruits.
With Muschamp’s ties in Texas, and UF being the flagship university of the state of Florida, Muschamp can select pretty much anybody he wants- and he’ll probably want guys that can play two positions.
Oh, and I hear that Weis guy isn’t a half bad recruiter, either.