The Florida Gators’ football roster is nothing like what Billy Napier inherited

The roster the Florida Gators will carry to Utah for subsequent season’s opener will probably be nearly utterly unrecognizable from the one Billy Napier inherited 13 months in the past.

That has been clear for months, however the closing of the switch portal Wednesday gave us an opportunity to quantify the makeover underway in Gainesville.

Only Texas A&M (27), Arkansas (27) and Mississippi (25) misplaced extra gamers to the portal this cycle than the Gators (23), in line with recruiting website On3. And that is just one wave of exits.

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The Gators’ roster listed 109 gamers for his or her 2021 SEC finale at Missouri — UF’s final sport underneath Dan Mullen. Of these 109, extra have exited by way of the switch portal (38) than stay (37). Exclude walk-ons, and the variety of holdovers drops to 27. None is a quarterback.

Quarterback Emory Jones and offensive lineman Ethan White had been each multi-year contributors for the Gators. Both entered the switch portal. [ JOHN RAOUX | AP (2021) ]

The attrition is most pronounced on the prime of the roster. Of the 59 gamers who participated at Missouri, 22 went to the portal; 15 left.

The solely starters from that sport who have not left are defensive again Jason Marshall and offensive linemen Kingsley Eguakun and Richie Leonard. Eight transferred, whereas a ninth, security Rashad Torrence, made the considerably stunning determination to declare for the NFL draft after three collegiate seasons.

There’s an opportunity these numbers are incomplete. A second portal window opens after spring observe, creating the likelihood for added departures.

Attrition is an unavoidable a part of faculty football as a result of rosters flip over each 4 or 5 years as gamers run via their eligibility. Every group loses transfers.

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But the turnover price at Florida has been exceptionally excessive. That’s not inherently unhealthy. As gamers started trickling out in November, Napier famous that lots of them wished to contribute extra elsewhere.

“There’s nothing fallacious with that…” Napier mentioned then. “Attrition is wholesome to a point.”

Florida coach Billy Napier has said that attrition can be healthy for a program.
Florida coach Billy Napier has mentioned that attrition could be wholesome for a program. [ PHELAN M. EBENHACK | AP (2022) ]

The roster Napier inherited suffered via a 6-6 common season, so some attrition is essential to refresh a locker room that lacked elite expertise. ESPN nationwide recruiting director Tom Luginbill mentioned final month that Florida’s new workers had to determine which holdovers belonged within the rebuilding course of and which of them did not. It was the identical at Miami, which had an ACC-most 19 gamers enter the portal this cycle.

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“Part of the recruiting course of for them was to establish inside their very own roster who’s on board and who’s not,” Luginbill mentioned. “Who are the employees, and who’re the blokes which are on the lookout for the best way out? Who are the blokes which are going to purchase into what we’re doing? Once you establish that, you have to transfer in one other path.”

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And once you transfer in one other path, you get extra roster spots to fill. Who the Gators select will finally decide whether or not this a lot attrition was wholesome. Can incoming offensive deal with transfers Damieon George (Alabama) and Micah Mazzccua (Baylor) change outgoing starters Michael Tarquin (USC) and Ethan White? Five defensive backs who had been on the depth chart within the season finale in opposition to Florida State left for Power Five faculties. Did the Gators improve?

We’ll maintain off on answering for now; verify again after the normal February signing day and the spring switch interval. Until then, it is too quickly to know whether or not the Gators’ 2023 roster will probably be considerably higher or worse than the one Napier inherited from Mullen.

We solely know that it will likely be totally different. Very totally different.

Tracking transfers

Nay'Quan Wright is transferring from Florida to USF.
Nay’Quan Wright is transferring from Florida to USF. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times (2022) ]


Outgoing gamers: 23

Notable additions: Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz, Ohio State linebacker Teradja Mitchell

Notable losses: Offensive lineman Ethan White (not but dedicated), defensive again Tre’Vez Johnson (Missouri)

Florida State

Outgoing gamers: 13

Notable additions: South Carolina tight finish Jaheim Bell, Virginia defensive again Fentrell Cypress

Notable losses: Defensive again Sam McCall (Texas A&M), working again Treshaun Ward (Kansas State)


Outgoing gamers: 14

Notable additions: Tennessee offensive lineman RJ Perry, Florida working again Nay’Quan Wright

Notable losses: Running again Brian Battie (Auburn), receiver Jimmy Horn (Colorado)


Outgoing gamers: 19

Notable additions: Alabama offensive lineman Javion Cohen, Washington State linebacker Francisco Mauigo

Notable losses: Blue-chip quarterback Jake Garcia (uncommitted), defensive lineman Darrell Jackson (FSU)


Outgoing gamers: 12

Notable additions: Alabama offensive lineman Amari Kight, USF quarterback Timmy McClain

Notable losses: Quarterback Mikey Keene (Fresno State), defensive again Davonte Brown (Miami)

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