OL Stewart Reese joining Gators as grad transfer

Mississippi State offensive lineman Stewart Reese (51) looks for a block against Kansas State during the first half on Sept. 14, 2019 at Mississippi St. in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Less than 48 hours after entering the transfer portal, Stewart Reese has found a new home.

The former Mississippi State offensive lineman will transfer to Florida, the Gainesville Sun has learned. Jason Higdon was first to report Reese’s decision.

The older brother of Gators redshirt sophomore linebacker David Reese, the senior guard entered the transfer portal Thursday, becoming the fourth Bulldogs player to hit the transfer portal since Mike Leach’s hiring. A native of Fort Pierce (Fl.), Reese was initially recruited to Mississippi State by Dan Mullen and John Hevesy when the pair were in Starkville.

With the coronavirus pandemic limiting the opportunities for prospects to visit campuses, Reese’s in-state location, coupled with a familiarity with the Florida program and coaching staff, led to a swift and timely decision.

Reese, a graduate transfer expected to be immediately eligible, has a strong chance to compete for a spot in Florida’s starting rotation after playing 37 games in four seasons at MSU.

The 6-foot-5, 345-pounder was redshirted as a true freshman. In 2017 and 2018, he started all 26 games at right tackle. He started eight games at right guard last season.


  1. We kinda-sorta knew he would be a Gator, might probably should have been all along. Of course, there are those in GatorNation who would disagree — he not having the requisite 8* rating in the first place (said with fond memories of our old pal, CO Jones). 😜

    Regardless, one has to wonder what’s going on at MSU, who just hired a top notch, yet controversial, head coach. So now there are two in the West, one of which is a man-child devoid of any character or integrity whatsoever, and one of actual genius but a quirky nature — in the same state, nonetheless. However, one would wonder with regard to the former, who clearly has a knack for convincing others to believe his own press releases, why players are sticking to him like glue when the majority of football players across the nation are anything but dumb.

    Man, would this be a great discussion if there were anymore fans left here but a few who give a damn.

  2. 6, he apparently wants to be a ”Gator,” and that’s all the requirement I need as a Gator fan.
    And the Gator O ”run block” was predominately dismal all of last season, if we’re honest (as fans). And while pass happy Trask (of which I love, of course) was the shinning memory that has some of our recall ”fogged-up” a bit, the Gators were near last in run offense (in the SEC for the ’19-’20 season). Go Gators!