Fortunately for the Gators, their depth at tight end is good even in the absence of Thompson. Alligator Army was impressed with what they saw during a recent open scrimmage:
Jordan Reed and Colin Thompson were not practicing with the tight ends, but Florida suddenly has an embarrassment of riches at the position. Tevin Westbrook and Clay Burton are loads, and Westbrook looks to have better hands than one would expect from a converted DE, and Kent Taylor runs very well and could function as a bigger wide receiver in passing situations.
Reed was the Gators' most productive tight end in 2011.