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Florida defensive lineman Griffin McDowell formally enters the NCAA transfer portal

Griffin McVeigh11/16/22
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Florida Gators defensive lineman Griffin McDowell has formally entered the NCAA transfer portal according to Matt Zenitz of On3. Although he was considered a redshirt junior, McDowell had been with the program for five years. He will now be searching for a new home for his final season of eligibility in college football.

McDowell has appeared in 40 games throughout his time in Gainesville, playing in all three phases. He began as an offensive lineman, playing 13 games as a reserve under head coach Dan Mullen. Special teams was then where he played during the 2020 and 2021 before moving to defensive line for Billy Napier.

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The position versatility did not end there either. Coming out of high school, where McDowell was considered a three-star prospect, he was a tight end. The On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting services, ranked him as the No. 135 player from the state of Georgia in the 2018 class.

Whoever grabs McDowell out of the portal will have options as to where he can line up.

In 2022 under Napier, McDowell appeared in three games, with two being against SEC opponents. Texas A&M and South Carolina went up against the now-free agent.

Florida wide receiver officially enters transfer portal

According to Matt Zenitz of On3, Florida Gators wide receiver Trent Whittemore has officially entered the NCAA transfer portal. While the window does not open until Dec. 4, Whittemore is able to enter as a graduate student. Whittemore announced his intentions on Monday.

Dan Mullen originally brought the wide receiver to Gainesville, spending three seasons with him. However, this was not able to kick off the right way under new head coach Billy Napier, only having four receptions for 87 yards in 2022.

As a recruit, Whittemore was a three-star prospect. The On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting services had him as the No. 105 wide receiver in the 2019 class and No. 92 in the state of Florida.