Starting April 2, the SEC Blog will be counting down the top 150 players for 2012 in the SEC.
No. 146: Jordan Reed, No. 11, Tight End, Florida
Versatility. Reed has lined up as a quarterback and a tight end during his Florida career. Now he's being counted on to be a big piece of Florida's offense. Reed caught 28 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns a year ago. At 6'3", 239, he's got the size to be a force in the SEC, but needs to take the next step. The inconsistency of Florida's offense the last two seasons has hindered his progress.
According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN's GatorNation, Reed has not been impressive this spring. With A.C. Leonard back from suspension, Trey Burton lining up all over the field and Clay Burton now in the mix at tight end, there's no guarantee that Reed will earn playing time this fall.
Well, that's the mystery. We don't know what new offensive coordinator Brent Pease's offense will look like in 2012. Tight ends Kyle Efaw and Gabe Linehan combined for 54 catches, 516 yards and 12 touchdowns for Pease's Boise State offense a year ago. That bodes well for Reed, especially in the red zone. Reed is a weapon and they'll find a place for him, even if it's just red zone situations.