Thursday, September 20, 2012
OL Tyler Moore transfers to Florida
By Derek Tyson GatorNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former Nebraska offensive lineman Tyler Moore informed Florida head coach Will Muschamp Thursday of his intention to transfer to Florida, according to Brian Moore, Tyler's father.
Brian Moore said his son's comfort level with the Florida coaches -- though he also considered Florida State -- is what ultimately convinced the 6-foot-6, 305-pound sophomore to choose the Gators.
Tyler Moore set a Nebraska record with four starts on the offensive line as a true freshman.
"Tyler visited both Florida and Florida State, and he said the feeling was just different at Florida," Brian Moore said. "He really likes Coach Muschamp and the Florida staff and just felt really comfortable when he was there."
Tyler Moore played as a true freshman at Nebraska but decided to sit out this year for personal reasons and attend St. Petersburg College in his hometown of Clearwater, Fla., where he had attended Countryside High. After originally planning to sign with Nebraska again, Moore opted to stay closer to home and commit to the Gators.
"I've never seen a staff work as hard as their staff," Brian Moore said. "From Muschamp, to the strength coach (Jeff) Dillman, to the director of player personnel Jon Haskins, there was just a different energy at Florida."
Moore, who is redshirting this year, will be eligible to play next season as a sophomore.
He had been slated to start at left tackle for the Cornhuskers, having played nine games last season and starting four at right tackle. The university's athletics website, Huskers.com, said Moore was only the 10th true freshman to start on the line at Nebraska; the Huskers gained 200 yards rushing in each of his program-record four starts.
Former Maryland offensive lineman Max Garcia also transferred to Florida during the summer and is redshirting this season for the Gators.