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Florida football roster: Who's transferring? Who's returning? Who's headed to NFL?

Zach Abolverdi
The Gainesville Sun
Florida is rebuilding its defensive line with help from the transfer portal. The Gators officially welcomed former Auburn defensive tackle Daquan Newkirk to the program Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 a little more than a week after landing Penn State defensive tackle Antonio Shelton.

Florida's football team lost more than a half-dozen seniors this offseason, but a few of them could be back for 2021. 

Two seniors have already made that decision, with linebacker Jeremiah Moon announcing his plans last week and offensive guard Stewart Reese returning for a sixth year, according to The Athletic

The NCAA in August determined, because of COVID-19, that players who were seniors in 2020 can return for another season without counting against the team’s limit of 85 scholarship players. Some more UF seniors may return, while other players have entered the transfer portal in recent weeks.

The Gators also recently added some transfers along with their 12 early enrollees. Here's a look at who's staying and who's going:

Transferred out 

RB Iverson Clement: Transferred to Temple

LB Jesiah Pierre: Transferred to Texas Tech

Transferred in 

RB Demarkcus Bowman: Transfer from Clemson (mid-year enrollee)

DL Daquan Newkirk: Graduate transfer from Auburn (mid-year enrollee)

DL Antonio Shelton: Graduate transfer from Penn State (mid-year enrollee)

K Jace Christmann: Graduate transfer from Mississippi State 

DE Dylan Meeks: Preferred walk-on from Akron

In the transfer portal 

LB James Houston

CB Chester Kimbrough 

DB Quincy Lenton

P Jacob Finn 

K Zack Sessa (walk-on)

Entering NFL draft

QB Kyle Trask

WR Trevon Grimes

WR Kadarius Toney

TE Kyle Pitts (junior)

OL Brett Heggie 

OL Stone Forsythe

DT Kyree Campbell

DB Shawn Davis

DB Marco Wilson (redshirt junior)

K Evan McPherson (junior)

DT Tedarrell Slaton

DB Brad Stewart

Returning to Florida

OL Stewart Reese (sixth-year senior)

LB Jeremiah Moon (sixth-year senior)

DL Zachary Carter (redshirt junior)

DB Trey Dean III (junior)

Seniors who have not announced plans 

OL Jean Delance

DL Marlon Dunlap

DB Donovan Stiner

WR Rick Wells

Not on roster 

DB C.J. McWilliams (opted out this season, unlikely to return)