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September 20, 2012
A little more than one month ago, Tyler Moore was all set to be the starting left tackle at Nebraska as a sophomore. Thursday, he announced he will be transferring to Florida, ending a period of speculation that started when Moore went home to Clearwater, Fla., in August and announced he would be sitting out the fall semester while reevaluating his college decision. Inside the Gators takes a look at how Moore's transfer impacts Florida moving forward.
NEBRASKA OVERVIEW: Moore is coming off one of the most successful freshman campaigns for any offensive lineman in Nebraska history. He played in nine games as a freshman and started four games at right tackle. He was only the 10th true freshman to ever start on the offensive line at Nebraska and had wrapped up a starting spot at left tackle heading into the 2012 season. Moore came to the Cornhuskers as a four-star prospect and member of the Rivals100 (No. 67) coming out of Clearwater (Fla.) Countryside. He was rated the No. 5 offensive tackle in the country.
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: The Cornhuskers ran for at least 200 yards in each of Moore's four starts at right tackle.
WHY HE'S LEAVING: Moore's plans to return home and take a semester off of football were first reported by the Tampa Bay Times. Moore's father told the Tampa Bay Times there were things his son "wasn't happy about" at Nebraska, and he wasn't enjoying himself at the school. Moore enrolled in classes at St. Petersburg College this fall while he reassessed his college decision. Florida and Florida State were the two major schools in consideration, though Moore had also contemplated a return to Nebraska, where Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini told him the door was open.
DEPTH CHART IMPACT: Florida will get a major addition in terms of both depth and starting ability when Moore becomes eligible to play in 2013. He will have three years of eligibility with the Gators and will be able to plug in at either tackle position. Florida's tackle rotation will be deep next season with Moore, Maryland transfer Max Garcia, D.J. Humphries and Chaz Green. Of those players, Garcia is the only one who was not a member of the Rivals100 coming out of high school, and he started every game for Maryland in 2011 before deciding to transfer. The decision will now come down to whether the Gators want to keep a steady rotation on both sides of the line or move one of the tackles inside to play guard to get more on the field at once. Florida is significantly deeper at tackle than guard.
WHAT IT MEANS GOING FORWARD: Moore's transfer impacts Florida's recruiting in a couple ways. It serves as a solid addition in relation to the fact that the Gators have felt out of the mix for five-star 2013 tackle prospect Laremy Tunsil for some time. It could also negatively impact Florida's chances with junior college tackle Trenton Brown, who had recently been high on the Gators. The move gives Florida immediate help at tackle. At 6-foot-6, 306 pounds, Moore will play and play often when he becomes eligible next season. However, while the transfer helps round out a deep tackle position, it also brings up a glaring reminder of how much help Florida needs at guard. The Gators are in bad need of interior linemen, especially if junior Jon Halapio considers departing for the National Football League after this season.