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  06/23/22 - Mordecai McDanielJr/2024, Florida, 6-1, 191 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  The Florida football roster was missing the names and profile pages of three players Wednesday afternoon, signaling an end to their time with the program. Fenley Graham Jr., Mordecai McDaniel and Chris Thomas Jr. are no longer listed on Florida's roster as of June 22, and a source close to the program confirmed the players are no longer with the team. All of the players participated in spring practice under first-year UF coach Billy Napier. McDaniel appeared in 23 games over two seasons, including each of UF's contests during the 2021 season, albeit in a reserve role. - Gainesville Sun

(DS#999 SS) Jr/2024 SS Mordecai McDanielFlorida
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  06/09/22 - Anthony RichardsonrSo/2025, Florida, 6-3, 236 (DS#18 QB) + More +

  A judge on Wednesday gave a homework assignment to Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson - an essay explaining his reason for speeding 105 mph and what he learned after spending 12 hours in traffic school. Alachua County Court Judge Meshon Rawls also fined Richardson $349 after his lawyer entered a plea of no contest to a charge of speeding at least 30 mph over the limit. The judge appeared dissatisfied with Richardson's explanation about why he was driving so fast, that he wasn't paying attention when a sheriff's deputy stopped him at 4:11 a.m. on April 4. "I just remember driving home that night," Richardson said during his court hearing. "I was putting in my maps, and I didn't realize I was going that fast because I looked up and seen blue lights, and that's pretty much all I remember." Richardson's lawyer, Joshua Houston, asked the judge not to assess points against the player's driver's license.

The judge balked after she learned that just weeks before Richardson was ticketed for 105 mph in Florida, he was also ticketed for driving 90 mph on an interstate in Georgia in a 70 mph zone. "I don't think there is a compelling circumstance or explanation for 105 mph," Rawls said. It wasn't clear why Richardson's lawyers didn't better prepare the player to explicitly apologize, express regret or offer a fuller, more credible explanation for driving so fast. Richardson spoke for about 13 seconds during the hearing, except to occasionally respond, "Yes, ma'am" to the judge. The judge said she would reconsider whether to assess points against Richardson's license if he submitted an essay, which Houston promised would happen within one week. - Gainesville Sun


(DS#18 QB) rSo/2025 QB Anthony RichardsonFlorida
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  06/06/22 - Tim TebowSr/2010, Florida, 6-3, 236 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Tim Tebow, who led Florida to two national championships and won the 2007 Heisman Trophy, is among the former players making a first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. The National Football Foundation announced on Monday the players and coaches eligible for election into the Hall of Fame, and 11 of the 80 FBS players are debuting on the ballot. Hall of Fame ballots go to more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers. The votes are considered by the NFF's Honors Courts, which then deliberates and selects a class of about a dozen players and two or three coaches.

College Football Hall of Famer and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin from Ohio State is the chairman of the Honors Court, which includes athletic administrators, Hall of Famers and members of the media from all over the country. Some of the other former players on the ballot for the first time are quarterback Alex Smith of Utah, wide receiver Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State, running back Ki-Jana Carter of Penn State, linebacker Luke Kuechly of Boston College and defensive lineman Dewey Selmon of Oklahoma. Tebow was the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy, and he was a three-time SEC offensive player of the year who set 28 school records during his career from 2006-09. - AP College Football


(DS#3 QB) Sr/2010 QB Tim TebowFlorida
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  05/30/22 - Ricky PearsallrJr/2024, Florida, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  A spot was taken just six days prior when the Gators reached into the transfer portal and added Arizona State transfer wide receiver Ricky Pearsall, the Sun Devils' leading pass-catcher during the 2021 season. Pearsall has already arrived in Gainesville in time for the phase five, summer regimen, of Napier's eight-phase plan, giving him more than two months to acclimate to the program and develop relationships with his teammates and new coaches. With Pearsall hailing from Arizona State, where Napier previously worked as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, there was familiarity between the parties prior to his decision and arrival in Florida.

As the talent-acquisition portion of the upcoming season draws closer to a close, the Gators have made recent moves to improve the roster, whether it's via the transfer portal or elevating a walk-on to scholarship. "We felt like Ricky's skill set fit our team, fit our offense. We had some familiarity. There was some relationships there because the year in Arizona State some of our staff members, some of the common relationships," Napier said. "So I think Ricky's a good person. I think he's competitive. I think that he's proved himself...I think he can catch the ball. He's proved to be a run-after-catch player. I think he's got some toughness to his game. He can play on special teams. I think he gives; we're adding a player that has had a ton of production in the past and we feel like the player can help our team." - Gainesville Sun


(DS#999 WR) rJr/2024 WR Ricky PearsallFlorida
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  05/28/22 - Ricky PearsallrJr/2024, Florida, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  The numbers don't accurately convey Ricky Pearsall's worth. Not the 48 catches last season at Arizona State. Not the three stars assigned to his high school recruiting ranking. Certainly not the clunky 4.65 time he posted at a camp several years ago. On Wednesday afternoon, as the former Pac-12 receiver boarded a connecting flight from Tempe to Gainesville, his father spoke with The Athletic about why the coveted transfer chose Florida over Oregon, the impact of teaming up with quarterback Anthony Richardson, and why the NIL component of his recruitment is being overblown. "Ultimately, it came down to Billy Napier and his staff," said Ricky Pearsall Sr., who described the daily communication from Florida as "pure and genuine" over the past month. Pearsall entered the portal April 21, though the thought of transferring had been weighing upon him ever since his close friend, quarterback Jayden Daniels, departed in February for LSU.

The family visited Florida's campus in late April, and Pearsall's father called the trip impressive, featuring an array of touchpoints, including a training staff "that's superior at keeping athletes healthy and on the field." It boiled down to an Oregon-Florida duel as the Pearsalls dug into evaluating both quarterback situations. They looked at spring film of Richardson and Ducks newcomer Bo Nix, himself a transfer from Auburn. Whereas Nix was a three-year SEC starter with more than 1,000 college pass attempts, Richardson has started one game and thrown 66 passes. "Anthony has a great amount of potential that we really liked, but he hasn't seen the field as much because he's young," said Pearsall Sr. "Bo Nix has shown that he can produce." - The Athletic, Florida


(DS#999 WR) rJr/2024 WR Ricky PearsallFlorida
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  05/27/22 - Brenton Cox Jr.rSr/2023, Florida, 6-3, 253 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  Kickoff times are beginning to trickle out for the 2022 Florida football season, coach Billy Napier's first at the helm. The Gators will take on the defending national champions, the Georgia Bulldogs, on Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m., with the game set to be broadcast on CBS. The contest in Jacksonville at TIAA Bank Field marks the 100th matchup between UF and UGA. The SEC Eastern Division rivals first met on the field during the 1915 season, and the game has since been an annual rivalry in all but seven seasons. The game has been played in Jacksonville since 1933, with the exception of the 1994 and 1995 seasons, when the stadium was undergoing renovations.

The Bulldogs hold a 53-44-2 lead in the series with the Gators. A week after UGA's first national championship in 41 years, Napier congratulated the Bulldogs on their accomplishment. While the Florida-Georgia kickoff time may not come as a surprise, Florida's kickoff with another rival has an atypical setup. The Gators will hit the road to face Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 25, which falls on a Friday rather than the traditional Saturday contest. The UF-FSU game will be broadcast on ABC. - Gainesville Sun


(DS#2 OLB) rSr/2023 OLB Brenton Cox Jr.Florida
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  05/26/22 - Rashad Torrence IIJr/2024, Florida, 6-0, 205 (DS#10 FS) + More +

  2022 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: RASHAD TORRENCE II, CB, Florida, Jr., 6-0, 197, Atlanta: Two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll; 87 tackles last season; Projected 1st round NFL pick. - Lott IMPACT Trophy/The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

(DS#10 FS) Jr/2024 FS Rashad Torrence IIFlorida
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  05/23/22 - Ricky PearsallrJr/2024, Florida, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Ricky Pearsall, Arizona State's leading receiver in 2021, is headed to Gainesville to play for the Florida Gators, he announced on Twitter Saturday. Pearsall entered the transfer portal last month, continuing the major roster turnover ASU football is facing. The Tempe native and former Corona Del Sol High School athlete had 48 receptions for 580 yards and four touchdowns during his junior year last season. He was a consensus three-star recruit out of high school after earning 2018 Arizona Football Coaches Association All-6A First Team selection. Pearsall caught seven passes in 13 games as a true freshman in 2019 then had six receptions in four games during the COVID-19 pandemic-affected 2020 season. He broke out as quarterback Jayden Daniels' favorite target in 2021. - Arizonasports.com

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2024 WR Ricky PearsallFlorida
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  05/22/22 - Ricky PearsallrJr/2024, Florida, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Former Arizona State wide receiver Ricky Pearsall, who entered the transfer portal this offseason, has announced his commitment to Florida on social media. The Gators landed the former three-star recruit over Auburn and Oregon, who each made his top three list this month. Before opting to transfer to Florida, Ricky Pearsall became Arizona State's leading receiver in 2021 with 48 catches for 580 yards and four touchdowns. Over 24 career games, he has 794 receiving yards with five touchdowns, adding 78 rushing yards and two touchdowns as well. Coming out of high school, Pearsall ranked as a three-star recruit and the No. 1,208 overall prospect in the On3 Consensus. He also ranked as the No. 164 wide receiver and No. 21 player in his home state of Arizona. The On3 Transfer Portal Rankings have Pearsall listed as the No. 20 wide receiver this season and he had moved into the top five best players available by the time he committed. - On3.com

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  05/19/22 - Jack Miller IIIrFr/2026, Florida, 6-3, 215 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Scoping SEC QB transfers: Eleven quarterbacks transferred to 10 SEC schools this offseason, with South Carolina's Spencer Rattler the lone guaranteed starter of the entire group. Here ares On3.com ratings. No 8 - Jack Miller, Florida (from Ohio State). Miller had a chance to unseat Anthony Richardson as Florida's potential starting quarterback this spring, but AR-15 ran away with the competition. Although Miller, a former blue-chip recruit in the 2020 class, struggled in the spring game, he stands to be Richardson's primary backup and considering Richardson's recent injury history, the Ohio State transfer could certainly see action at some point this fall. - On3.com

(DS#999 QB) rFr/2026 QB Jack Miller IIIFlorida
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  05/14/22 - Montrell JohnsonSo/2025, Florida, 5-09, 210 (DS#28 RB) + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: Running back Montrell Johnson followed new Florida coach Billy Napier from Louisiana-Lafayette and was a bright spot during spring practice. He was the Sun Belt Conference freshman of the year and has a chance to see significant playing time behind Nay'Quan Wright. - AP College Football

(DS#28 RB) So/2025 RB Montrell JohnsonFlorida
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  05/09/22 - Derek WingoJr/2024, Florida, 6-1, 224 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Derek Wingo, the No. 5 outside linebacker and the No. 64 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting class in 247Sports' composite rankings, made strides throughout the spring after appearing in all 13 games in 2021, though Wingo is now playing inside rather than outside on the edge. "Derek has been awesome. I think he loves football and loves Florida," inside linebacker coach Jay Bateman said. "I feel like he's probably putting some pressure on himself, but I think he's doing it at a really high level right now. His situation is unique - I recruited him in high school, tried to - because it's a very different position than he played growing up. I think he's just starting to feel comfortable back there, but he's a stud of a kid."

Despite having already appeared in 22 games during his two seasons with the program, Wingo has recorded just 17 tackles, of which only five have been solo tackles. At inside linebacker, where he'll have to stop both the run and the pass, Wingo will be required to wrap up in the open field and in the backfield, so there's been an emphasis on improving as a tackler since Bateman arrived on campus. - Gainesville Sun


(DS#999 ILB) Jr/2024 ILB Derek WingoFlorida
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  05/03/22 - Chris HowardrSr/2023, Florida, 6-1, 212 (DS#999 K) + More +

  Florida kicker Chris Howard will enter his name into the NCAA's transfer portal, the fifth-year senior announced Monday on social media. Howard arrived at Florida as a walk-on prior to the 2017 season, though he didn't see the field in either of his first two seasons, and he made just five appearances between his redshirt sophomore and redshirt junior seasons with the Gators program.

During the 2021 season, Howard appeared in nine games with the Gators while splitting time with transfer Jace Christmann. Howard converted 7-of-9 field goal attempts while nailing all four of his extra-point attempts, and he was expected to compete for the role of the team's starting kicker under new UF coach Billy Napier. But in Florida's Orange and Blue game on April 14, Howard missed a 32-yard field-goal attempt in the first half, while walk-on kicker Adam Mihalek converted a 52-yard attempt, followed by a successful 49-yard conversion. - Gainesville Sun


(DS#999 K) rSr/2023 K Chris HowardFlorida
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  04/25/22 - Montrell JohnsonSo/2025, Florida, 5-09, 210 (DS#28 RB) + More +

  After a freshman season that many desire yet few experience, Montrell Johnson made the difficult decision to leave Louisiana - though he insists he didn't initially intend to follow his coach in 2021, Billy Napier, to the Florida football program. "I was still focusing on our bowl game and trying to win that. I was focused on ending the season right," Johnson recalled. "After the season, I didn't really think about it as much." With his first spring at Florida in the books, Johnson has set the record straight on his arrival in Gainesville with Napier: they weren't a package deal in any sense.

During his freshman season, he rushed for 838 yards along with 12 rushing touchdowns and was named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, but Johnson already was focused on tougher competition. "I knew that I could play at a higher level," he said. "I knew that Florida could be one of those places I could be at." Not that his freshman season altered his thinking in any way. He may have had a three-star designation as a prospect by 247Sports coming out of De La Salle in New Orleans, but Johnson didn't think of himself as a middle-of-the-pack player. His perception of his ability didn't lead to a wave of offers from Southeastern Conference programs, however, with only Tennessee and Vanderbilt extending scholarship offers. Nearby LSU didn't think he had what it took to compete weekly against the nation's best collegiate talent. "It was a huge chip on my shoulder. I felt like I was very under-recruited in high school," Johnson said. "I wanted to come in and show what I can do." - Gainesville Sun


(DS#28 RB) So/2025 RB Montrell JohnsonFlorida
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  04/24/22 - Ricky PearsallrJr/2024, Florida, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  The Arizona State football team is two weeks removed from the completion of spring football and the program has been dealt some serious blows as two of its top players are headed to the transfer portal. The duo consists of sophomore linebacker Eric Gentry and junior wide receiver Ricky Pearsall. Sources close to the program say the moves are NIL-driven. Media covering Notre Dame have indicated that the Fighting Irish are pursuing Pearsall. The loss of Pearsall is crucial because it is perhaps ASU's weakest position. The Corona Del Sol product was the top performer in that unit with 48 catches for a team-high 530 yards. His 132 receiving yards against UCLA was the only 100-plus yard performance from an ASU receiver last season. - Arizona Republic

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