Florida Gators WR Deonte Thompson Struggles Continue Regardless Who's the QB

James WalkerAnalyst IISeptember 4, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Deonte Thompson #6 of the Florida Gators celebrates with his teammate Emmanuel Moody #21 after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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So much for Florida Gator receiver Deonte Thompson's job getting easier now that John Brantley replaced former quarterback Tim Tebow.

Today in the Gator's 2010 season opener against the Miami Red Hawks, Thompson catching woes continued when he dropped a perfectly thrown bomb from Brantley.  Last season, Thompson was often criticized for being an inconsistent receiver, and rightfully so.

Earlier this year in an interview with Orlando Sentinel journalist Jeremy Fowler, Thompson was quoted saying that Brantley was more of a "real quarterback" when he compared Brantley to Timmy.  The quote stirred up controversy, which led to coach Urban Meyer chewing out Fowler.

Thomson ended the game 3 of 24 with his longest reception being a whopping 10 yards.  Receiver Chris Rainey went 6 of 34 and Omarius Hines 3 of 49, and both had one touchdown.  Thompson, on the other hand, did not score any touchdowns.

It's just the beginning of the season, and it is too early to hit the panic button.  However, after today's performance the Gator Nation and specifically Urban Meyer should not be happy.  One thing is for certain: Mike Pouncey isn't Maurkice Pouncey no matter how much they look alike.  Mike better stick to playing Guard or Tackle and leave the Center position to someone else.

However, the biggest concern is with Thompson.  If he is to be the No. 1 receiver for the Gators, he better learn how to catch more consistently.  There is too much wide receiver talent on the Florida Gator football team for him to drop passes here and there.  Before he knows it he'll be in Urban's doghouse, and that is one place you do not want to be.

Just ask Jeremy Fowler.


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