Just three days after Jim McElwain publicly welcomed him to the Gators football team, Clemson transfer Jake Fruhmorgen has reportedly left the Florida program.
According to a report from Bob Redman of Scout.com’s Fightin’ Gators, Fruhmorgen has decided he will no longer play football. A reason for the reported decision was not immediately available.
The offensive lineman was going to be required to sit out the 2017 season per NCAA transfer rules but was expected to potentially contribute to the Gators offensive line in 2018 after seeing quality playing time for Clemson during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He started eight games for Clemson as a sophomore during the Tigers’ national title run last season.
Back in March, Fruhmorgen told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi that he was looking forward to redshirting after sustaining a shoulder injury last season.
“I want to sit out a year,” he told SEC Country. “I need to get a little stronger. It would be better for me, more beneficial as an offensive lineman. Obviously, that was something I wish I had known back then — getting redshirted is a good thing. It doesn’t mean you’re not good at all. It means you’re not there yet, so I want to do that. Happy about it.”
Fruhmorgen left the Clemson team to deal with a personal issue, which Tigers coach Dabo Swinney addressed on Nov. 9.
“I will say this: He’s never failed a drug test. He’s not in any trouble, no team trouble.” Swinney told the media. “You can’t have a more model player than Jake Fruhmorgen. He’s as committed a guy as I’ve been around, as hardworking as I’ve been around. He’s the model of what you’d want as a player.”
Here’s a look at the message McElwain tweeted out on Monday: