Published: Aug 13, 2010 12:38 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 13, 2010 4:30 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Even at 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, Florida's Mike Pouncey never really stood out.

He always shared the spotlight with his twin brother, Maurkice. They played on the same teams, played the same positions, roomed together, hung out together, took classes together and even dated the same girl once.

They have been mostly inseparable — until now.

Mike Pouncey enters this season alone, far away from his brother who left school early for the NFL. Being on his own might not be the toughest challenge facing Pouncey this fall.

Pouncey is taking over his brother's position on the offensive line and Tim Tebow's leadership role. The Gators are counting on him to nail down both.