Florida Gators Football: Is Jordan Reed the Best Option at QB?

Brad GoldbachCorrespondent INovember 6, 2010

GAINESVILLE, FL - APRIL 10:  Quarterback Jordan Reed #11 of the Florida Gators drops back to pass during the Orange & Blue game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on April 10, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Granted, the first great performance of the season for the Florida Gators came against Vanderbilt, but the Gators seemed to finally put some things together. Remember, this is a team that struggled against Miami (OH), so any performance like this is a very positive sign.

With all the good things the Gators put together, we leave Saturday's victory with one intriguing question: Is Jordan Reed Florida's best option at quarterback going forward?

With the game well in hand after two quarters, Reed was handed the keys to the offense for the second half, and he seemed to be the most complete quarterback the Gators have at this point.

This may just be a case of Reed getting time in mop-up duty and playing well against a severely over-matched opponent. If you remember, the last few seasons John Brantley also looked like an absolute stud in mop-up duty, but this season we saw that those signs of potential do not always carry over when the game is on the line.

But you had to like what you saw from Reed against Vanderbilt. The quarterback-converted-tight end-converted-quarterback again went 11-19 for 130 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT that went off his receiver's hand. He also ran the ball 16 times for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Reed seems to give the Gators what they were trying to get with John Brantley and Trey Burton, except all rolled into one player. Brantley cannot be trusted to run the ball, and the coaches do not seem to trust Burton to throw the ball, but Reed seems just as good as each of them at their respective strengths.

He is by no means a perfect solution at quarterback, but it's glaringly apparent that the Gators were not going to find that this season. Still, he is capable of giving the Gators the dual-threat option on their offense.

You may wonder why Reed was never given a shot at the position, with Brantley struggling and Burton never given the reins to pass.  Reed battled an injury for much of the season to this point, and it seems that he is only now rounding into full shape.

Against Vanderbilt up by a bundle, why not give the guy a chance?

Now, Meyer may have a true dilemma on his hands heading into the game that will either salvage the Gators' season or solidify a forgettable campaign.

Did Reed show enough against the Commodores to warrant a shot to lead Florida against South Carolina? Or was it nothing more than a meaningless performance in meaningless minutes? And, does that mean Meyer will return to his triple-headed quarterback attack, perhaps with Reed taking on a larger role?

There are a lot of big questions heading into next week, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Florida's opponents won't know exactly what's coming at them. It may just include Florida's new option at quarterback.


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