Kyle Koehne's versatility helps Gators

September, 28, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Trey Burton gets all the publicity for playing multiple positions on offense, but he’s not the only Florida player who can do that.

Kyle Koehne can play all five positions along the offensive line. He has mainly worked inside at guard since he came to Florida in 2009 but has started at right tackle in the Gators’ past two games because of Chaz Green’s ankle injury.

"My mindset is just if I can play, put me in wherever," Koehne said. "Learning each position has been a good opportunity and has helped me understand the offense as a whole and I think it’s only benefited me.

Koehne saw limited snaps at tackle and guard as a redshirt freshman in 2010. He played in every game last season and made his first career start against Furman at left guard. He has taken reps at one time or another at every spot along the line.

In the 6-foot-5, 311-pound Koehne’s two starts this season, the Gators have given up only three sacks and have run for 536 yards. He’s still not completely at ease at tackle, though.

"Well, just because last year I got a good amount of playing time at guard, I became more comfortable in that," Koehne said. "For the past few weeks I’ve been playing more tackle because of depth, mainly, so I’m just slowly becoming more comfortable at tackle."

Koehne’s versatility makes him valuable, especially with Green’s injury and tackle Matt Patchan not being able to play until at least the Vanderbilt game on Oct. 13 because of a strained pectoral muscle.

"He’s just smart, real smart," right guard Jon Halapio said. "We joke around sometimes like he’s the Trey Burton of the offensive line. He can go at any given position. That helps us a lot. If somebody is injured he can go at any spot."

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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