Gators lose one quarterback, looking for help

The Gators went through spring practice with three scholarship quarterback that only had nine games of starting experience. That number has dropped since.

Florida quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg has transferred to Columbia, leaving the Gators with two scholarship quarterback and six games of starting experience. Will Grier and Treon Harris were the two battling for the starting job during spring practice, and Mornhinweg elected to leave Florida. Florida coach Jim McElwain said he wished Mornhinweg would have stayed.

“We wish him the best,” McElwain said. “Would love to have him stay here. Obviously as it sits, we’re right now with two scholarship quarterbacks. Moving forward, as you guys all know, that position, especially in this league now, you need to have some depth. We’re constantly looking at that spot as well as some other spots on the roster to try to make sure that we get some needed bodies in those areas.”

The Gators are searching for more bodies at the quarterback position. The hot name for schools across the country is former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson.

The post-graduate transfer visited Florida on Tuesday. He went to see Florida State on Monday and has a visit set up with Georgia soon. Having another body would at quarterback be an improvement for the Gators, but Golson would challenge to start in Gainesville.

McElwain couldn’t make specific comments about Golson due to NCAA rules, but he did make it clear they are looking to get better numbers on the roster at multiple positions, including quarterback.

“The one thing that we are doing, however, and it's irregardless of whatever position it is, we're always looking to help the organization fill holes where needed,” McElwain said. “Obviously him mentioning us is something that's exciting and at the same time, we're doing it at a lot of different spots. So heading into this year, it's got to be one of those things that's evolving as we go. There's some really good opportunities."

Mark Long of the Associated Press reported that Florida is likely to add former Alabama and Oregon State quarterback Luke Del Rio, son of Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, to the roster this summer.


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