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  Quarterback Jaden Rashada wants out of a commitment to Florida due to a failed Name, Image and Likeness agreement worth a reported $13 million. On the heels of 2022 starter Anthony Richardson declaring for the NFL draft and the dismissal of Jalen Kitna due to child pornography charges, the Gators might be left with Wisconsin transfer Graham Mertz and Jack Miller III competing this spring. Miller, a redshirt freshman, started for Florida in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Florida coach Billy Napier visited transfer portal option Walker Howard last week. The four-star Louisiana product left LSU after playing only two games in 2022, but he committed to Ole Miss on Wednesday. Napier said at the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 3 that he expected Rashada to enroll early to join the team in January. "I have watched this season and Coach Napier and his team are building something very special in The Swamp and I want to be a part of it," Rashada said via Twitter. - Gatorsports.com


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  Alabama junior offensive lineman Damieon George, who said the day after the Iron Bowl in November he was entering the transfer portal, announced Monday that he is transferring to Florida. George revealed his school choice on Instagram after sharing over the weekend that he was visiting Gainesville. George visited Auburn earlier this month, he told 247 Sports and On3 Sports, and also posted on social media from Oxford, Mississippi in early January.

The 6-foot-6, 339-pound George was a three-star recruit in 247 Sports' composite ranking for the 2020 class. The Houston native was a backup right tackle for Alabama but made three starts at that position during the 2021 season. He appeared in 17 total games for the Tide, including the first two of the 2022 season before not appearing in the final 10 of the regular season. - Birmingham News


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  Receiver Ricky Pearsall tossed Gators fans some good news on Saturday. "I'm back," he posted on Twitter. Pearsall announced that he plans to return for his final year of eligibility in 2023. Pearsall debated whether to declare for the draft or return to school, finally revealing his decision on social media. The Gators and head coach Billy Napier will gladly welcome Pearsall back for his second season at UF. Pearsall transferred last spring from Arizona State and proved to be one of Florida's most productive players. "He's a great competitor," Napier said last month. "A guy last made our team better."

A fourth-year junior in 2022, Pearsall was hobbled early in the season by a foot injury suffered the first week of preseason camp. However, once he returned to full speed, Pearsall became one of the team's most dangerous offensive weapons. He caught 33 passes for a career-high 661 yards and five touchdowns, and rushed for 113 yards and a score. He had his best game in the regular-season finale at Florida State, catching five passes for a career-high 148 yards and two touchdowns. - Florida Gators Football


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  Florida Gators starting safety and leading tackler Rashad Torrence II announced on social media Thursday that he's declaring for the NFL Draft. Torrence, an Atlanta native, posted a team-high 84 tackles for Florida in 2022 with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He appeared in 12 of 13 games for the Gators this season, sitting out the Florida State game due to injury. Torrence is the sixth Gator player with eligibility remaining who opted to declare for the NFL Draft, joining quarterback Anthony Richardson, offensive lineman O'Cyrus Torrence, offensive lineman Richard Gouraige, wide receiver Justin Shorter and defensive lineman Gervon Dexter Sr.

With Torrence declaring for the NFL Draft and defensive back Tre'Vez Johnson entering the transfer portal, the Gators will look to re-tool their starting secondary in 2023. Candidates to replace both players include safeties Kamari Wilson and Miguel Mitchell and defensive back Jadarrius Perkins. Overall, Florida's roster attrition stands at 30 players since the start of the 2022 season, with 21 players entering the transfer portal, six entering the NFL Draft and three players dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons. - Gainesville Sun


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  Former Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz is transferring to Florida, giving the Gators an experienced starter at a depleted position. Mertz announced his commitment on social media Wednesday. He is expected to enroll at the Southeastern Conference school in January. A three-year starter at Wisconsin, Mertz left the program after the Badgers hired former Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell to head its program. He joins a Florida team that lost Anthony Richardson to the NFL draft and dismissed backup Jalen Kitna following his arrest on child pornography charges. Third-stringer Jack Miller started the Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon State and threw for 180 yards and was sacked four times in a 30-3 loss.

The Gators signed four-star quarterback prospect Jaden Rashada on Wednesday as a potential starter in 2023 and could mine the transfer portal for more help at the all-important position, where Florida lost Richardson, Kitna, Emory Jones and Carlos Del Rio-Wilson in a nine-month span. Mertz threw five touchdown passes to help Wisconsin beat Illinois 45-7 in his first career start, setting a school single-game record for completion percentage and tying the school single-game record for TD tosses. But he struggled with consistency the rest of his time with the Badgers. Wisconsin had a different offensive coordinator each of his three seasons as a starter. Mertz has completed 59.5% of his career passes for 5,405 yards, with 38 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He completed 57.3% of his attempts for 2,136 yards, with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. - AP College Football


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  The Florida Gators recently hosted Wisconsin transfer Graham Mertz, indicating coach Billy Napier's need for a plug-and-play starter after Anthony Richardson opted into the NFL draft. Mertz is an interesting recruit not just for his experience – he battled through extended runs of inconsistent play as a multiple-year starter for the Badgers – but for being more of a traditional pocket passer. If the Gators sign Mertz or someone with a similar skill set, what would that indicate about how the offense will look in 2023? - USA Today

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  2022 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: Micah Mazzccua (OL),...A total of 15 Bears earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention as a product of receiving a vote in the awards process. Richard Reese, along with offensive standouts in wide receiver Monaray Baldwin, offensive linemen Micah Mazzccua and Grant Miller, wide receiver Hal Presley, quarterback Blake Shapen and tight end Ben Sims were each honored. - Baylor Football

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  2022 SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM: LB Shemar James, Florida,...James played in all 12 games for Florida this season, making three starts. His 40 tackles on the season are the second-most among SEC true freshmen linebackers and the sixth-most on the Gators. The Mobile, Alabama native is also tied for second in sacks and forced fumbles among SEC true freshmen. James posted a career-high eight tackles against Eastern Washington, while recovering a fumble against South Florida on the game's first possession. - Florida Football

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  2022 SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM: RB Trevor Etienne, Florida,...Etienne ended the regular season with a career-high 129 rushing yards at Florida State on Nov. 25. The Jennings, Louisiana product has recorded 704 rushing yards this season, and is the fourth true freshman running back to surpass 700 rushing yards in Florida history, joining Emmitt Smith, Tony Green, and Fred Taylor. He leads all true freshman running backs who have at least 100 carries in yards per carry at 6.4. - Florida Football

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  Florida football coach Billy Napier said he understood quarterback Anthony Richardson's decision to declare for the NFL Draft. Richardson won't play in the bowl game. "Anthony sees an opportunity," Napier said. "He's going to work extremely hard to solidify his position in the draft and, you know, [he] did a lot for the Gators, man. You know, and certainly proud of him as a person and the way he went about his business and represented this place." Richardson had some growing pains early in the season but started all 12 games for the Gators and improved as the season progressed, finishing the year with 2,549 yards passing, 17 TDs and nine interceptions along with 654 yards rushing and 9 rushing TDs. "Made a ton of progress," Napier said. "You know, just, most importantly I think as a person, comfort with the role, you know, the leadership aspect. And certainly, I thought [he] made a lot of progress when it comes to football intelligence and defensive structure, protections." - Gainesville Sun

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  2022 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: OL O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida,...A native of Greensburg, La., Torrence started in eleven games this season, allowing zero sacks while not committing a penalty not only during his lone season with the Gators, but over his career. Torrence is the highest graded guard in the country according to Pro Football Focus with an 88.2 grade. Torrence has anchored an offensive line that has allowed only 13 sacks this season, which is second-least in the SEC and tied for 15th in the nation. Florida's 5.8 yards per carry and 213.7 rushing yards per game are amongst the best in program history. On Tuesday, Torrence was selected to the All-SEC First Team, becoming the first Florida offensive lineman to earn such honors since Maurkince and Mike Pouncey back in 2009, and the 26th overall. - Florida Football

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  2022 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida,...Torrence has anchored an offensive line that has allowed only 13 sacks this season, which is second-least in the SEC and tied for 15th in the nation. Florida's 5.8 yards per carry and 213.7 rushing yards per game are amongst the best in program history with Torrence leading the way. Additionally, Torrence was tabbed SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for Week 10 and the Co-SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for Week 11. This marked the first time a Gators offensive lineman claimed consecutive offensive lineman of the week honors in the same season, and is the first offensive lineman to win the award multiple times in the same season since Martez Ivey in 2016. Torrence becomes the 26th Florida offensive lineman to be named All-SEC First Team by the coaches since the league established the honor in 1984. - Florida Football

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  On Monday, Florida's starting quarterback Anthony Richardson announced he was opting out of the bowl game to begin his preparation for the NFL draft. Richardson completed 53% of his passes this season for 2,549 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Richardson was also a threat on the ground, running for 654 yards and nine touchdowns. His absence leaves the Gators extremely thin at the quarterback position. Backup Jalen Kitna was excused from the squad last week following his arrest on child pornography charges. No other quarterback on the roster has thrown a pass this season. - Gazette Times

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  Jack Miller III could find himself moved up from third string to starter at quarterback for the Florida Gators in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17, due to Anthony Richardson declaring for the NFL Draft and backup Jalen Kitna being dismissed from the team last Friday following his arrest on child pornography charges. Miller was a four-star recruit out of Chaparral High in Scottsdale, Ariz., the nation's No. 14-ranked pro style quarterback by 247Sports.com. He was a four-year varsity starter, and holds the Arizona state records with 115 passing touchdowns and 3,653 passing yards. He also threw for 53 touchdowns in a season in high school, a 2A state record. Miller backed up C.J. Stroud before transferring from Ohio State Miller transferred from Ohio State where he played sparingly behind All-Big Ten standout quarterback C.J. Stroud. As a true freshman in 2020, Miller scored a touchdown for the Buckeyes on a 21-yard touchdown run in relief of Stroud against Nebraska. In 2021, Miller appeared in four games off the bench, completing 7 of 11 passes for 101 yards while adding 8 yards rushing. - Gainesville Sun

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  Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, considered more of a long-term project than a slam-dunk prospect, is leaving school early and entering the NFL draft. Richardson announced his decision with a lengthy social media post Monday, four days after backup quarterback Jalen Kitna was kicked off the team following his arrest on child pornography charges. Richardson's departure leaves freshman Max Brown, Ohio State transfer Jack Miller or walk-on Kyle Engel to make his first career start in the Las Vegas Bowl against 17th-ranked Oregon State (9-3) on Dec. 17. In his post, Richardson thanked just about everyone who had a role in his college career, including coach Billy Napier and his staff for "molding me into the player and person I am today." Florida defensive tackle Gervon Dexter, guard O'Cyrus Torrence and receiver Justin Shorter also announced plans to enter the draft. They are among nearly two dozen players who have left the program in recent weeks.

Richardson is the headliner of the group. Many considered him a Heisman Trophy candidate following his stellar performance against then-No. 7 Utah in the team's season opener, a three-touchdown outing that started season-long speculation about Richardson's first year as Florida's starter being his last. But the third-year sophomore ended up being more inconsistent than proficient at the all-important position. He completed 53.8% of his passes for 2,549 yards, with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran for 654 yards and nine scores. He was sacked 14 times and fumbled twice. His completion percentage was the lowest for a starting quarterback at Florida since Treon Harris in 2015. Nonetheless, Richardson undoubtedly has NFL potential. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Gainesville native is mobile and has a big-time arm. He has made plays all season - he has 16 runs that gained at least 10 yards and 46 passes that gained at least 20 yards - but he often struggled trying to complete routine throws. Staying healthy had been a concern, but Richardson started every game and took the majority of the snaps to prove his durability. Still, he's likely to land in the league with a team that has no plans to play him right away. Several scouts have said he would be best served starting his professional career as a backup and without the pressure of playing as a rookie. - AP College Football


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