Gators pick up Nebraska transfer lineman

September, 20, 2012
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Florida gained a big addition to its offensive line Thursday when former Nebraska tackle Tyler Moore informed Gators coach Will Muschamp that he plans to join Florida's football team.

Moore's father, Brian Moore, told Derek Tyson of ESPN.com's GatorNation that his son's comfort in Florida's staff is what sold him on the Gators.

"Tyler visited both Florida and Florida State, and he said the feeling was just different at Florida," Brian Moore told GatorNation. "He really likes Coach Muschamp and the Florida staff and just felt really comfortable when he was there."

Tyler Moore attended St. Petersburg College in his hometown of Clearwater,Fla., after deciding to sit out the 2012 season for personal reasons. As a true freshman last year, Tyler Moore played in nine games, starting four at right tackle, so he'll bring some good experience to Florida's line next year.

With him sitting out the 2012 season, Tyler Moore will arrive in Gainesville as a redshirt sophomore and will be eligible to play immediately next fall.

Tyler Moore joins former Maryland lineman Max Garcia as two welcomed additions to the Gators' offensive line. Tyler Moore, who stands 6-6 and weighs 305 pounds, should compete at both tackle spots for Florida. With left tackle Xavier Nixon graduating, D.J. Humphries, who will be a sophomore next season, could be the first in line to take that spot, meaning Tyler Moore could compete right away for the right tackle spot.

Garcia, who is 6-4, 307 pounds, could play either guard or tackle for the Gators, but will likely get his shot at guard. With James Wilson graduating, Garcia could compete opposite Jon Halapio at the left guard spot. He'll bring 14 career games and 12 starts to the line.

These two transfer additions will give the Gators some good experience to work with on a line that will bring good depth back in 2013.

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