GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida linebacker Alex Anzalone has played his last game as a Gator.
The redshirt junior announced Wednesday he’s entering the 2017 NFL Draft instead of returning to UF for one last season. Anzalone had an injury-plagued career — which likely factored into his decision — but was productive when he played.
The former 5-star recruit was second on the team in tackles (53) this year before suffering a season-ending injury (broken arm) against Arkansas. In 2015, Anzalone injured his shoulder in the second game and missed the rest of the season.
Anzalone played in all 12 games as a backup linebacker in 2014 but battled through several injuries as a freshman, seeing action in 10 games. He finishes his career with 75 tackles in 32 games played, with starts in his last 10.
He wrote a letter to Gators fans here:
— Alex Anzalone (@AlexAnzalone34) January 4, 2017
Anzalone is the third junior to turn pro for Florida, joining cornerback Quincy Wilson and offensive tackle David Sharpe. Defensive back Duke Dawson will return for his senior season, while center Cam Dillard is transferring.