Florida football transfer tracker: Three starters, four players overall enter portal during holiday weekend
Christmas weekend didn't ring in holiday cheer for the Florida football program.
Instead, it resulted in more defections as four more players entered the transfer portal, including three starters -- defensive back Tre'Vez Johnson, and offensive linemen Ethan White and Michael Tarquin. Backup cornerback Jordan Young, who contributed on special teams, also announced his decision to enter the portal.
Johnson started 9 of 12 games for the Gators, finishing with 26 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
The 6-foot-4, 331-pound White, meanwhile, started all 13 games at left guard for Florida this past season and earned AP All-SEC second-team honors.
The 6-5, 320-pound Tarquin, a former North Marion standout, appeared in eight games, starting seven at right tackle in 2022. He missed four games with a lower leg injury.
Young appeared in 10 games for the Gators during the 2022 season, finishing with 6 tackles and 1 pass breakup. He also blocked a field goal during Florida's 30-3 loss to No. 16 Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Since the beginning of the 2022 season, 21 Florida players have entered the portal, with four more entering the NFL Draft and three dismissed.
Here's a rundown of the full list:
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Leaving for Transfer Portal
RB Nay'Quan Wright
Wright was a starter and team captain in week one during Florida's 29-26 upset of No. 8 Utah, but eventually lost carries to Montrell Johnson Jr. and Trevor Etienne as the season progressed. He finished the season with 47 carries for 190 yards and 2 TDs. Overall, Wright finished with 688 yards and 3 rushing TDs in four seasons with the Gators, with 332 yards and 1 TD receiving.
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RB Lorenzo Lingard
Lingard, a transfer from Miami and former five-star recruit, rushed 10 times for 75 yards and 1 TD during the 2022 season.
WR Daejon Reynolds
Reynolds announced Wednesday he's entering the transfer portal. His best career game came on Nov. 19 against Vanderbilt, when he had 8 catches for 165 yards and 2 TDs filling in for an injured Ricky Pearsall.
CB Avery Helm
Helm announced Monday he's entering the transfer portal. He started Florida's first four games of the season before losing his starting job to cornerback Jaydon Hill.
S Kamar Wilcoxen
Wilcoxen announced last month he's entering the transfer portal after falling behind safeties Miguel Mitchell and Kamari Wilson on the depth chart. He had two tackles in two games this season.
WR Trent Whittemore
Whittemore announced last month he was entering the transfer portal after taking part in Senior Day ceremonies in Florida's 38-6 win over South Carolina. He finished the year with 4 catches for 87 yards.
OL Joshua Braun
Braun announced he was entering the transfer portal in October after playing sparingly on the offensive line early in the season.
LS Marco Ortiz
Ortiz suffered an injury early this season and has opted to leave the program.
S Donovan McMillon
The Florida reserve safety announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal over the weekend. McMillon appeared in all 12 for the Gators last season and finished with 8 tackles, including 1 tackle for loss.
DL Jalen Lee
According to a source, Lee entered the transfer portal this morning. Lee started Florida's first three games of the season at nose tackle before losing the starting job to Desmond Watson. He finished the year with 8 tackles in 12 games. Lee, from
TE Griffin McDowell
McDowell announced he was entering the portal last month. He appeared in 40 games for the Gators as an offensive lineman, tight end and special teamer.
DB Cory Collier Jr.
A four-star recruit out of Miami Palmetto High School, Collier appeared in just three games on special teams this season.
LB Chief Borders
Borders announced Tuesday he was entering the portal. He appeared in all 12 games for the Gators this season on special teams and recorded his first career tackle against Georgia.
TE Nick Elksnis
Elksnis announced last month he was entering the portal after playing sparingly during the 2022 season.
LB David Reese
Reese, who announced his decision on Sunday, appeared in all 12 games for the Gators and finished with just two tackles this season.
OL Yousef Mugharbil
Mugharbil announced Tuesday he's entering the transfer portal after not playing at Florida in two seasons.
OLB Lloyd Summerall III
Summerall announced Tuesday he's entering the transfer portal. The 6-foot-5, 244-pound edge rusher recorded six tackles, including half a tackle for loss, and recovered a fumble against Texas A&M.
Declaring for NFL Draft
WR Justin Shorter
A Penn State transfer, Shorter announced Thursday he will skip the bowl game and declare for the NFL Draft. Shorter had 29 catches for 577 yards and 2 TDs but missed three of Florida's final four games with a hamstring injury.
OL O'Cyrus Torrence
Torrence announced Sunday night that he's entering the NFL Draft. The preseason All-SEC standout is projected to go in the top two rounds and is one of the highest graded offensive linemen in the country, per Pro Football Focus.
DL Gervon Dexter Sr.
The 6-foot-6, 312-pound Dexter was projected as an NFL first round pick before the season began but had a disappointing redshirt sophomore season, finishing with 50 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 tackles for loss and an interception.
Richardson declared for the NFL Draft following his redshirt sophomore season, opting to leave the program after his first year as the starter.
Richardson started all 12 games for the Gators, leading Florida to a 6-6 record. He passed for 2,549 yards with 17 touchdowns to 9 interceptions, while rushing for 654 yards and 9 more TDs.
Dismissed from the team
DE Brenton Cox Jr
Cox was dismissed from the team for what Billy Napier termed as "an accumulation" of issues. He finished the year with 35 tackles, 8 tackles for loss and 2 sacks.
LB Diwun Black
Black was dismissed from the team in November. His lone highlight of the season was recovering an on-sides kick against Tennessee.
QB Jalen Kitna
Kitna was kicked off the Florida team last week following his arrest on five counts of distribution and possession of child pornography.