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Tuesday September 18, 2012 Just tell Kyle Koehne where to play

Updated: 6:53pm, September 18

Kyle Koehne GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Everybody knows about Trey Burton.

But meet Trey Burton of the University of Florida offensive line.

His name is Kyle Koehne.

“[Burton] has to play multiple positions and I played multiple positions,” Koehne said Tuesday. “That’s why you just don’t want to learn the offense by your position. You want to learn the offense as a whole.”

In Koehne’s case, he’s seen life from the offensive line as a whole.

The 6-foot-5, 304-pound junior from Indianapolis has played every position on the UF front during his career, including an impressive performance at right tackle in Saturday night’s 37-20 win at Tennessee.

With Chaz Green slowed by an ankle injury and Matt Pachan still out with a bad shoulder, Koehne was called on to start just the second game of his career and was part of an offense that plowed the Volunteers for 555 yards, including 336 on the ground.

Koehne evaluated his performance as OK -- “a couple mistakes here and there” -- but it could not have come at a much better time, given the unit’s situation at right tackle and with his only other start coming in last year’s homecoming date against Furman.

"We were pleased," offensive coordinator Brent Pease said.

Mostly a guard during his collegiate career, Koehne had to step outside and stare down the likes of Jacques Smith and Curt Maggitt, a pair of quick Tennessee linebackers with explosiveness and pass-rush skills coming off the edge.

“Man down, man up,” UF coach Will Muschamp said. “He did a nice job for us and certainly played winning football."

Chalk up Koehne as a key person on a Florida depth chart that was sorely in need of stockpiling. Consider the value of an offensive lineman like Koehne who in his four seasons with the Gators has now played both tackles, both guards and the center position. That’s a pretty good security blanket for Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis.

“It’s been a good experience. It helps with my versatility and my mindset [to know] just if I can play, put me in wherever,” Koehne said. “So learning each position has been a good opportunity and has helped me understand the offense as a whole and I think it’s only benefitted me.”

It's also benefitted the Gators.

Just where Koehne will be this week is anyone's guess, with Green expected to be back in the lineup when No. 14 Florida (3-0, 2-0) returns home to face Kentucky (1-2, 0-1), a program that recruited him. No different than the overall offense under quarterback Jeff Driskel, the line is a work in progress, with Koehne ready to be called on for anything. 

"Just being out there with my brothers out there, there’s no other feeling like it," Koehne said. "It’s just good to be out there and get the win."

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