Evidently there are so many early departures from Florida that Jim McElwain’s convinced there are kids leaving…
Jim McElwain talked departures on Monday — some clear-cut, one possibly not.
First, the UF coach elaborated on suspended quarterback Will Grier’s decision last weekend to transfer, saying the choice was completely of the redshirt freshman’s own volition. Then he announced running back Kelvin Taylor, defensive lineman Alex McCalister and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson have all decided to enter the NFL draft, joining defensive back Vernon Hargreaves.
… who actually haven’t made up their minds to do so yet.
Maybe he’s waiting for another vote by the seniors. But I digress.
The strange decision is that of Will Grier. He’d won the job as the starting quarterback this season, only to see that derailed by running afoul of NCAA drug policy. But whether he stays in Gainesville or goes, the six-game suspension he’s been ordered to serve follows him to any other D-1 program at which he enrolls.
It’s pretty clear from the tone of the linked piece that McElwain was surprised by Grier’s decision. Now he’s left with the likelihood that the Gators will lose Grier, as well as their leading rusher and receiver, best defensive back, and one of their top pass rushers. Not exactly a recipe for success.
Add that to the possibility Georgia, with its change in coaching staff, will consider the possibility of starting a true freshman quarterback next season, and it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Tennessee will be the preseason favorite to win the SEC East in 2016. Dayum.