You may remember Barrett Sallee dissing Georgia’s chances in the SEC East next season because, in part, of the coming renaissance in Gainesville: “Florida turned over a new leaf and is rebuilding the program with offensive-minded head coach Jim McElwain.”
Yeah, well, rebuilding isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.
A third member from Florida’s 2012 recruiting class is leaving early for the NFL.
Left tackle D.J. Humphries will forgo his senior season and enter the draft, sources told The Sun.
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and running back Matt Jones both made the same decision a few weeks ago. Two more juniors, defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard and linebacker Antonio Morrison, are also considering early exits…
His departure leaves UF with only eight returning offensive linemen for 2015 and just one upperclassman, Trip Thurman. Junior guard Tyler Moore is also entering the draft, while Nolan Kelleher (back) and Drew Sarvary (concussion) have been placed on medical hardship.
The Gators want to sign five or six offensive linemen in their next class, which means they’re going to have a green two-deep. None of which is to say they can’t be better next season. Just that making predictions of inevitable improvement in 2015 before the rest of the 2014 season has played out is generally a textbook example of premature.