GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- GatorNation wants you to get to know Florida’s incoming freshmen.
How are they preparing for their first college season? What are their goals for 2013?
To find that out, we’re starting a series of Q&As, beginning with offensive lineman Cameron Dillard (Canton, Mich./Canton), who will be making the transition from guard to center -- a position he hasn’t played on a regular basis since he was at the Pop Warner level.
GatorNation: What’s your current height and weight, what number will you wear, and who will you room with next season?
Dillard: 6-4, 290, Joey Ivie.
GN: What are you doing for offseason conditioning drills?
Dillard: I’ve just been continuing to work with Mike Brarwis, who I’ve worked with for two years. He was the strength and conditioning coach at Michigan and West Virginia. I’m also working with Dan Mozes, who won the Rimington Award at West Virginia, and Dave Molk, a former Rimington winner from Michigan. It’s definitely been a good experience getting tips and doing drills and stuff like that with them. [He’s learning] a lot of things about the center, tricks that you can use while going against a defensive lineman. All kinds of stuff like that. Just teaching me more about the position as I’ve only played it once before.
GN: What are your expectations for your freshman season?
Dillard: Just come in and learn from [UF center Jonotthan] Harrison. Obviously he’s the starter for a reason, and I want to try to learn from him, catch tips, anything I can just to become the best center that I can be and ultimately become a Gator great like all the Gators before.
GN: What goals would you like to accomplish as a freshman?
Dillard: Nothing, really. Hopefully I get playing time but if I get redshirted that’ll be fine so I can get another year under my belt because it’s a huge transition from high school to college.
GN: What is something about you that fans don't know?
Dillard: I just like handing out, going fishing, and spending time with my family and relaxing -- try to be a normal kid, you know. I have flown three airplanes before. I’ve flown two Cessnas and a Stearman. Before football my goal was to be a pilot. Little different now. I was going to pursue it during high school. I started to but I didn’t do it because I got so busy with football.