Thompson Loving the New Offense
Deonte Thompson wants a big senior year
Deonte Thompson wants a big senior year
FightinGators.com Insider
Posted Mar 18, 2011


Change is a harsh reality for some on the Florida football team and for others it is a welcome site. Senior Deonte Thompson has embraced the change in offensive philosophy and is excited now that spring practice is under way. In essence Thompson explains, the offense won’t present a lot of changes to the receivers individually, but the look will be different as a whole.

Deonte Thompson spoke to the media Thursday and explained what the main differences are in the 2010 Florida offense compared to the 2011 version under offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.

“It is going pretty good, we only have one day into it, but I’m loving it,” Thompson said. “We have Charlie (Weis), one of the best. There isn’t much of a difference, we are just doing things that we didn’t do a lot last year, this year… like two receiver sets. We were a spread, so we didn’t line up too much in two receiver sets.”

One change that seems somewhat apparent to the receivers so far is the use of longer routes more frequently. Thompson who may still be the fastest receiver on the team was all smiles thinking about that.

“That is really exciting,” he said. “Now the defensive backs just can’t sit on us.”

As a senior, Thompson should help lead what is still a relatively young receiving corps and he likes the leader label. At the same time, there are no guaranteed spots and Thompson will be fighting with the young guys to stay in the lineup.

“I love it, most of the young guys look up to me anyways,” he said. “I love the competition. I just try to get the guys up to the level (they need to be)."

There was a misconception earlier in the week that Thompson had been moved to the slot position on offense. He assured the media Thursday that it wasn’t the case.

“Right now I am just at the (X), but will be a little bit at the (Z) too, just those spots for now,” he said of the two outside receiver positions in most of the formations. “I haven’t been in the slot yet, Frankie is in the slot.”

While Thompson didn’t have the junior year he was hoping for, quarterback John Brantley was in the same boat. Thompson says Brantley has looked really comfortable early on in the new offense.

“It will be a great fit for him,” Thompson said of Brantley. “He looked pretty good yesterday.”

He also likes the play of tight end Jordan Reed, who is a great athlete that starred while playing quarterback and tight end in 2010. Reed has been moved permanently to tight end and has looked good according to Thompson.

“He is a great athlete and he runs good routes too,” Thompson said. “He’s a diverse player so he will be a great attribute at tight end.”


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