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Former Nebraska starter Tyler Moore is ready to resume his career with the Gators.

Monday February 18, 2013Early Enrollee Q&A: Gators Offensive Lineman Tyler Moore

Former Nebraska starter Tyler Moore is ready to resume his career with the Gators.

Scott Carter
By SCOTT CARTER Senior Writer

Editorís note: National Signing Day was Feb. 6 and Gators coach Will Muschamp announced the 2013 recruiting class. Eight members enrolled early and began classes in caught up with the players for a Q&A series.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Ė If Tyler Moore was a building, he would be a thick skyscraper. If he was a tree, he would be a large-trunked live oak. If a car, think a big Cadillac.

You get the picture. Moore is tall (6-foot-5) and wide and carries his 312 pounds around like itís no big deal. He hopes to move around SEC defensive linemen next season in the same fashion.

Moore enrolled at UF in January after starting his career at Nebraska, where he played nine games and started four as a true freshman in 2011. A former man among boys on Clearwater Countrysideís offensive line, Moore wanted to be closer to home and transferred to St. Petersburg College last year, a school that doesnít sponsor a football program.

He sat out the 2012 season and will be a redshirt sophomore for the Gators next season. Mooreís experience and size make him a strong candidate to fill one of the holes that opened when starting left tackle Xavier Nixon and left guard James Wilson finished their careers in the Sugar Bowl.

Here is GatorZone.comís Q&A with Moore:

Q: What has been your focus since joining the program and restarting your football career?

A: I came in early before too when I was at Nebraska, so I know what itís like to be the odd man out right now, trying to learn everyoneís name. Itís just about working hard trying to earn everybodyís respect since you are kind of the outsider at first.

Q: How long had it been prior to last season that you had not played football in the fall?

A: It was my first fall since middle school, since I couldnít play until high school. It was my first time watching football instead of playing.

Q: Have you gotten back into the groove physically?

A: Yeah, I was working pretty hard [during my time away] but we just work differently here. Thereís a lot of full-body workouts and I was doing workouts I had learned at Nebraska. [UF strength coordinator Jeff] Dillman does it a whole different way, a whole different dynamic. I love it. I think itís working me a lot harder and I feel like Iím getting stronger and better overall.

Q: Do you expect playing in the SEC will be different for you compared to your time at Nebraska?

A: Iíd say yes because almost every week you are playing somebody thatís near the top in the nation, whether itís LSU, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia Ė all top names, all top players who will get drafted when they get there. You have some good D-lines like at Penn State and Ohio State that has some good players in the Big 10, but itís not the constant, Ďyou have to be ready to play or youíre going to be going down.í

Q: Anything about you that we donít know?

A: Iím a pretty basic guy who liked to play sports all my life. I played basketball, football, wrestled for a year. I just like to relax in my off time and enjoy it.

Q: You grew up in Florida but your family has deep ties to Nebraska?

A: My dadís side. He grew up in Nebraska and most of his brothers and sisters attended there since they stayed in Nebraska. I had a whole another family out there. It was like a second home.

Q: So do you have any family history with UF?

A: No. My great uncle Vince Ferragamo, Jay Moore, my cousin, and my dad, Brian Moore, all played for Nebraska. So thatís where my whole family went and my mom went there too.

Q: So Vince Ferragamo, the former NFL quarterback who led the Rams to the Super Bowl?

A: Yeah, thatís my great uncle from my momís side. He went to the Super Bowl and played against the Steelers and Terry Bradshaw and those guys.

Q: Whatís your outlook heading into your first camp with the Gators?

A: Mainly just working hard and learning the playbook and getting ready for next season.

Q: Do you feel you are ahead of the curve since you have already played big-time college football?

A: Yeah, our playbook at Nebraska was pretty dynamic, we ran many different things. We ran zone, power, all these different kind of schemes. We ran almost every scheme in the book so itís going to be the same thing here, just different terminology you have to learn and different calls you have to make. If we made a certain call at Nebraska, itís not going to be the same call here.

Q: Whatís the best day you ever had on a football field?

A: It was nice back in high school going 10-0 my senior year, going against Largo in my last game. It was also great in my first game at Nebraska going against Chattanooga and actually starting the first time as a true freshman. That was a great day too even though I was nervous the whole freaking day.


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