Jackson gambles on playing time by leaving for UNLV

Florida linebacker Rayshad Jackson. [Alan Youngblood/Gainesville Sun]

Redshirt senior linebacker Rayshad Jackson, who made the decision to transfer from Florida last month, announced his decision on social media Saturday to continue his playing career at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Jackson, who is from Miami Norland, started three games last season and played in all 13. He had been one of the Gators’ most productive special teams players over the past three seasons, playing in a combined 33 games.

Jackson finished the spring third on the depth chart at inside linebacker.

That’s eight former UF players who entered the NCAA transfer data base and found new homes since the end of last season — Jackson, redshirt freshman defensive end/tackle Malik Langham (Vanderbilt), linebacker Kylan Johnson (Pitt), wide receiver Daquon Green (Murray State), defensive end Antonneous Clayton (Georgia Tech), center T.J. McCoy (Louisville), cornerback Chris Steele (Oregon, then Southern Cal) and quarterback Jalon Jones (Jackson State).


  1. He was not projected as a starter, but he was a good special teams player. But UNLV? Come on man. They were 2-10 last year, I think. Yeah, he’ll be playing in the Mountain West against some really tough teams like Utah State, UTEP, New Mexico St. et. al. I mean, I guess it’s good for him cause he wants to start during his final NCAA season, but it’s a long way from the SEC. Still, I wish him the best.