UF receiver to transfer

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Florida wide receiver DaQuon Green jumps to catch the ball during practice on Dec.15. [Lauren Bacho/Staff Photographer]

Florida sophomore receiver DaQuon Green plans to transfer, he announced on Twitter late Saturday.

“Thankful for all the time I spent with my Brothers and coaching staff that taught me so much knowledge that I know now. I Thank You!!! #GatorNation Forever,” he wrote. And another Tweet, “Trails and Tribulations, on to the Next Chapter.”

Green, 6-foot-1, 192-pounder out of Tampa Bay Tech, played in two games last year and in three this season, recording one catch for three yards.

That announcement followed the one made by 6-foot-5, 330-pound junior offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor, who announced on Twitter that he is forgoing his final year of college eligibility and entering the NFL draft. Taylor also signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Taylor was a three-year starter at Florida, part of an offensive line that played better as the 2018 season progressed. The Gators (10-3) allowed 18 sacks, including a season-high three against the Wolverines.

Taylor is the second Florida player to decide to turn pro. Defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson declared for the draft in late November but still played in the Peach Bowl and was named the game’s defensive MVP.

Defensive end Jachai Polite, linebacker Vosean Joseph and running back Jordan Scarlett are others considering leaving school early for the NFL.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Based on his body language after the victory on Saturday afternoon, I could tell that this was coming. Dude looked like he wanted to be anywhere in the world BUT there on the field. While everyone else was celebrating a hard earned victory he was kind of moping around and acting like he really didn’t want to be there. If a player really doesn’t want to be there, let him go somewhere where he feels he might contribute. Great atmosphere and an even greater game. Gator Nation was DEFINITELY in the house and well represented in the ATL. GEAUXXX GATORS!!

  2. I follow Tampa Bay Tech his alma mater and already knew this was in the mix. He was just lost in the shuffle especially with the ascension of Grimes. It was definitely no ill will…he just wants a chance to get on the field. I wouldn’t bet against Indiana as his landing spot as they have major tentacles in Tampa Bay over the last 3 years getting solid players from Tech, Plant, Armwood, Jefferson….all good Tampa Programs. His former QB Penix is already there…

    Good luck my man…

    • Smith. One site has him already headed to Indiana. He will likely see the field there. Mullen and his staff like bigger receivers on the outside (Weston in this year’s recruiting class for example). And Green was not going to beat out Toney, Copeland, Hammond, and Swain on the inside spots at WR.

      • Exactly…and he was highly coveted there out of high school…but as you said, there are guys in the mix currently and behind him that have passed him by. He wasn’t a blazing speed guy as well…but has great hands and runs good routes. I know for a fact that he said he has benefited from this staff…but just wants to play.

    • What I don’t understand is why more people don’t understand this. UF is GREAT, but if you put in the work and still cannot compete and get meaningful field time then by all means try a change of scenery. Good luck DaQuon. Wherever you land, work hard towards your goal.

  3. It is all very simple. As your program improves, you bring in more NFL caliber talent and they leave after 3 years. That is why redshirting top talent is rediculous. Also as your program improves, more guys seeking playing time transfer. This is all a very good indicator of the direction of the program, if Saturday’s performance was not indication enough.

    And a shout out to Franks, who has become a very effective serviceable qb. Mia culpa, I for one did not see it coming.

    And a shout out to Josh Hammond for his leaping catch, the kind we have not seen around here in years.

    Finally a shout out to the OLine, which has matured and performed far better than we dreamed.