A “duh” moment in Gainesville

This sort of bookends today’s first post, but I thought you should know that Billy’s still in the market, shopping.

Billy Napier had his quarterback room planned out. Former Wisconsin signal-caller Graham Mertz would serve as a veteran presence and likely starter with inexperienced returners Jack Miller and Max Brown and highly-touted freshman newcomer Jaden Rashada joining him to give Florida four scholarship players at the critical position.

But a late collapse with Rashada’s NIL deal led him to back off his signed National Letter of Intent and pursue other options (Rashada signed with Arizona State, his father’s alma mater, on Wednesday).

As a result, the Gators have just three scholarship quarterbacks on their roster, which falls short of the minimum number Napier set on Early Signing Day when he said his teams should have no fewer than four scholarship quarterbacks at all times.

While that could be reasonably challenging to achieve in quality fashion given the timing of Rashada’s shocking departure from Florida’s coffer, Napier said Wednesday that Florida will be in the market for another signal-caller this spring.

“I think if there’s an opportunity, there’s a player that passes evaluation,” Napier said, “we certainly would be in the market for another player there.”

No shit, Sherlock.  The problem is that no quarterback is finding Florida’s sales pitch particularly inspiring.

Initially, it appeared Florida could pivot from Rashada and target former LSU signal-caller Walker Howard, a one-time four-star prospect who entered the NCAA transfer portal after just one season with the Tigers.

… But, according to multiple sources, Howard had very little interest in the Gators and ultimately closed his recruitment down by committing to Ole Miss, which also added former Oklahoma State transfer signal-caller Spencer Sanders.

Ole Miss also has last season’s starter returning.  It says something that Howard would rather go fight two former starting quarterbacks than jump aboard the Good Ship Napier.  And he’s not the only one.

Sources also indicated to Swamp247 that the Gators had started to consider the possibility of pursuing former Washington quarterback Sam Huard, a former five-star quarterback who out of high school ranked No. 12 overall, No. 3 among quarterbacks and No. 249 among all prospects in the internet recruiting service era on the industry-generated 247Sports Composite

However, sources said that Florida’s communication with Huard never quite got off the ground and the former record-breaking high school quarterback eventually committed to Cal Poly.

Cal Poly beat out Florida for a former five-star?  Why, Miz Scarlett, I nevah!

Have fun in the portal, Coach.

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17 responses to “A “duh” moment in Gainesville

  1. jim1886

    He is waiting on either Vandergriff or Stockton, if they will come or Beck, if either of these guys beat him out.
    It does sound like a shit show that qbs want to avoid

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    • Ran A

      100%. That’s his hope. And he’s hoping that the Turner kid (the recruiter that left him at Louisiana for Georgia, then to Florida from Georgia) can have an influence. So far, they managed one kid off of last year’s team and got none of the kids out of the portal from Georgia this year. So that part of the strategy hasn’t worked out so well.

      The O-Line was pretty good last year is being completely rebuilt, with on the Center returning (with several starters leaving the team and going to the portal – three starters mind you). They added a Tackle from Alabama (who couldn’t find the field), a Tackle for Kentucky (who is massive – but had not found the field), a guard from Baylor. UF has struggled on the O-line for years. It’s just amazing to watch year in and year out.

      Bottom-line: Are you really going to go to Florida and gamble that the O-line is going to keep you from getting killed back there?

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  2. Faltering Memory

    “Frankly my Dear, I don’t give a damn.” Rhett Butler, 1939. The Senator, 2023.

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  3. NotMyCrossToBear

    Those fuckers gonna be worse than last year.

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  4. Bluto, these FU posts are like manna from heaven…what a great way to start a Friday…reading about the Jortville shitshow…tip of the cap, good sir

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  5. fisheriesdawg

    I would love to see the reaction from Gator fans if it turned out that fourth QB ended up being Jackson Muschamp.

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  6. If only they had a Portal Master as coach.

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    • Down Island Way

      The transport port-o-let only travels in one direction for FU, through the 4 inch hose into the transport vehicle for reclamation in hogtown…now that we’ve settled that…#FTMF

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  7. Too bad the kid who threw the shoe graduated. Best arm of the group.

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  8. siskey

    Napier needs to have a Georgia 2017 type season or at least beat us next year or he won’t make it through 2024.

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  9. Harold Miller

    #FTMF. Again, it needed saying.

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  10. 79dawg

    Can Brandon Cox play QB?

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  11. We can definitely relate to Florida’s QB problems.

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  12. archiecreek

    Damn,
    Looks like all their starters came from the portal. Obviously,
    they ain’t croot’n anyone!!
    Phuq’n house of cards!!

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  13. Texas Dawg

    Was Howard aware that Sanders was coming? Sanders’ addition was a real last-minute announcement. It would not at all be out of character for Lane to not give Howard the whole truth just to get him and also not let Dart know so he had no time left to look around.

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