August 29, 2010

Tate's Take: Life as a Florida freshman

The University of Florida being an upper-tier football program hasn't happened by accident. Every bit as important as the coaching staff and the players is the support staff working behind the scenes who help to drive the effort.

Over the past several off season's has taken a look at those invaluable members of the team though our Behind the Scenes series. This year, we're going to try something different.

Former Gator starting tight end Tate Casey provides us with an inside look at the Florida program, from a player's point of view, based on his time in Gainesville.

Casey originally burst onto the scene as a freshman playing in all twelve contests that year - making four starts and scoring four touchdowns. Despite that fast start to his career, he will always be best known as the recipient of Tim Tebow's 'jump pass' for the go-ahead touchdown in the 2006 win over LSU.

In all he played in 54 games, starting 16 of them.

Casey was a favorite at Florida among coaches and players and was seen as one of the most popular Gators, among his teammates, of the Meyer era.

With all the off-the-field news being made by UF's 2010 recruiting class, in this edition of Tate's Take, Casey goes in-depth about what it is like to be a freshman in the Florida football program.

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