Florida is no stranger to having quarterbacks transfer from its program in recent seasons, and it even has two current signal-callers who have transferred into Gainesville in expected starter Luke Del Rio and Austin Appleby.
With all that said, Gators coach Jim McElwain sees both sides of the equation. He saw two of his own QBs, Will Grier, transfer to West Virginia in December, and Jeff Driskel transfer a month after McElwain became the Gators’ coach.
“Each guy’s different,” he said, per a report from the Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson. “They find their niche and realize that there is an opportunity to sit there and maybe get their feet wet, learn how to do it and go on from there. I think that question probably has more to do with a societal thing today where; if I’m not going to get in I’m going to take my ball and go home. Look at the people transferring every single day, running away from competition or whatever in life. But, you know what, it happens.
“You just deal with it, try to do what’s best for the player. That’s one of the things that I think gets lost a little bit. All of us are in this for what’s in the best interest for the individual player. Sometimes a change of scenery is best. Other times you know, you stay, you learn and all of a sudden you’re a step ahead. I do believe sometimes you can probably throw somebody in a little too early and they could be psychologically scarred for a little bit from that trauma.
“It’s just every guy is different.”
Florida may have to deal with additional quarterback transfers in the future, considering Del Rio has three years of eligibility left and Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask enter this season as freshmen. There’s only one starting quarterback, and that could leave two unhappy players.