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Wednesday December 19, 2012Florida Football Signs Three Junior College Transfers

Gainesville, Fla.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Gators have officially added three junior-college transfers to their roster, and it’s no accident that all three play in the trenches.

“This league is a line of scrimmage league – I’ve said it from my first press conference,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “You’ve got to continue to build depth up front. You are going to have injuries up front. You’ve got to continue to build quality depth and guys who can block the edges and control the defensive fronts we’re going to see and also be able to apply pressure on these offenses.

“We’re excited about these three young men.”

Florida added a pair of hulking offensive linemen in former Nebraska starter Tyler Moore (6-5, 312 pounds) and 6-foot-8, 363-pound Trenton Brown of Georgia Military College. Defensive lineman Darious Cummings, a former standout at Titusville Astronaut High who spent last season at East Mississippi Community College, also signed.

The three are expected to enroll in classes in January and participate in spring practice.

Moore arrives with the most experience. A former prep star at Clearwater Countryside, Moore signed with Nebraska out of high school and played in nine games as a true freshman in 2011 – starting four. Moore was just the 10th true freshman offensive lineman since 1973 to start for the Cornhuskers and the first in school history to start the season opener.

Seeking to return closer to home, Moore left Nebraska and spent last year attending St. Petersburg Junior College.

Meanwhile, Brown has spent the past two years at Georgia Military College after graduating from Westover High in Albany, Ga. Muschamp recruited the Albany area heavily as an SEC assistant and has long known Georgia Military College coach Bert Williams.

Brown’s addition gives the Gators one of the biggest offensive linemen in the conference.

“He is a massive human being,’’ Muschamp said. “He’s got really good feet, really good change of direction.”

Both Moore and Brown are considered top prospects and provide the offensive line with more depth after several key starters suffered injuries this season.

“Trent is going to go through the transition from playing junior-college football to playing in the SEC,’’ Muschamp said. “That will be a little bit of transition. Tyler missed this fall, so there is going to be a little transition for him as well. Both guys are athletically, and from a size standpoint, what we’re looking for.”

On defense, Cummings joins a unit that finished the regular season ranked fifth in the nation. Cummings started his college career at Florida State and appeared in five games in 2010 and 2011.

He suffered a season-ending injury in 2011 and later transferred to East Mississippi Community College, where he had 26 tackles and three sacks in 10 games this season as EMCC finished 8-2 and ranked No. 15 in the nation.

“He is a very active guy inside,’’ Muschamp said. “We feel like we’ve got to continue to improve our line of scrimmage and add depth to our line of scrimmage.”

 

 

Trenton Brown

Offensive Line

6-8 • 363 • Junior

Albany, Ga. • Westover HS • Georgia Military College

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA:

Spent two years at Georgia Military College after graduating high school from Westover in 2011…Was named a second-team NJCAA Football All-American in 2012…At GMC in 2012, Brown was part of a team that went 7-4 and averaged 188 yards rushing per game…Played under head coach Bert Williams at GMC…Brother, Reggie Brown, Jr., plays basketball at Fresno Pacific…Chose Florida over offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kansas, LSU, Middle Tennessee State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, USF, Texas A&M, Texas Tech.

 

 

 

Darious Cummings

Defensive Line

6-1 • 310 • Junior

Oak Hill, Fla. • Astronaut HS • Florida State/East Mississippi CC

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA:

Played in all 10 games during the 2012 season, tallying 26 tackles (12 unassisted) with 4.0 TFL (12 yards), 3.0 sacks, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble…EMCC finished 8-2 on the year and ranked 15th in the final NJCAA poll…Anchored a defense that allowed just 74.2 rushing yards per game…Notched a season-high four tackles twice during the season, against Pearl River CC and Itawamba CC…Played under head coach Buddy Stephens at EMCC…Spent two years at Florida State before transferring to EMCC…Played in three games as a true freshman and two games as a sophomore before suffering an injury that caused him to miss most of the 2011 season…Totaled seven tackles in five career games at FSU…Missed the spring of 2012 at FSU after arthroscopic knee surgery and then transferred to EMCC in the summer of 2012…Entered his senior year of high school with 159 tackles, including 22 for loss and 15 sacks…Was the first commit in FSU’s 2010 signing class…Was a Florida Super 75 selection by the Times-Union as the No. 2 defensive end in the state…Named to SunStateFootball.com all-state first team in 2009…Attended the same high school as former Gator football players LB Wilber Marshall, WR Cris Collinsworth and TE Aaron Walker…Chose Florida over offers from Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Arkansas.

 

 

 

Tyler Moore

Offensive Lineman

6-5 • 312 • Redshirt Sophomore

Clearwater, Fla. • Countryside HS • Nebraska/St. Petersburg CC

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA:

Spent a year at Nebraska beginning in the fall of 2011 before attending St. Petersburg Community College for the fall of 2012…While at Nebraska, Moore started the first four games of the 2011 season and played in nine games overall…With him in the lineup, Nebraska totaled more than 200 yards rushing in all four games that he started, including 300-plus yard outputs against Washington and Wyoming…Was just the 10th true freshman offensive lineman to see action for Nebraska since 1973...His four starts for the Cornhuskers was the most by a true freshman offensive lineman in school history and made him the first true freshman offensive lineman to start a season opener…Named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team by ESPN.com in 2011…While at Countryside HS, Moore was regarded as one of the top offensive line prospects in the country after helping his team to a 12-1 record in 2010, and a trip to the regional finals…Helped a Cougar offense rush for better than 2,900 yards and 45 rushing touchdowns in his senior campaign…As a junior, helped Countryside to an 11-2 record and the offense to a 225 rushing yards per game average…Chosen as a Class 5A all-state pick during junior season…Was a three-year starter for Countryside…Following senior year of high school, Moore played for the East team in the U.S. Army All-Star Game in San Antonio…Father, Brian, played tight end for Nebraska in the mid-1980s…Cousin, Jay Moore, was a three-year letterman (2004-06) playing defensive end at Nebraska…From the same high school as former Gator offensive lineman Jeff Mitchell and defensive lineman Clint Mitchell.

 

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