Demarcus Robinson, Kelvin Taylor leaving Gators for NFL Draft

The Gators will lose two offensive players early.

Florida coach Jim McElwain announced Monday morning that wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and running back Kelvin Taylor will both forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL Draft. McElwain confirmed both will still play in Florida’s bowl game.

“They’ve got one more opportunity to be proud of what they put on film to show their worth,” McElwain said. “The NFL is as much about great players as it is character. Here’s your opportunity to play your tail off. It says a lot about who you are and how you’re going to be as a teammate. I’m expecting those guys to play all out.

“We’ll be here for them. I hope they work out here. Sometimes they go waste their money some places. They can get a lot of work done here. They’ll come back and do really good in their pro day. I’m excited for that, too.”

Robinson led the Gators with 47 catches, totaling 505 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers dipped from last season when he led the Gators with 53 receptions for 810 yards and seven touchdowns. The number of catches this year is in line with last year, but he hasn’t made as many big plays. Robinson is averaging 10.7 yards per catch this year compared to 15.3 yards per catch as a sophomore.

Taylor has 248 carries this season, 207 more than any other non-quarterback on the roster. The junior has run for 985 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 75.8 yards per game. Taylor needs 15 yards in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl to become the second 1,000-yard running back at Florida since 2005. His season has been even more impressive behind a makeshift offensive line that has struggled in run blocking for a majority of the season. The Gators returned just one player with starting experience on the offensive line this year, and Taylor hasn’t always had big holes to run through.

The Gators face Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on January 1 at 1 p.m.

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