Two Florida Gators Opt To Transfer From Program

    Two Florida Gators opted to transfer from the program over the weekend, downsizing Jim McElwain's roster.

    March 14, 2016

    The Florida Gators will enter this week of spring practice a little lighter on the roster. 

    Two Florida Gators decided to transfer over the weekend. Redshirt senior kicker Austin Hardin, per SEC Country, and redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Travaris Dorsey, according to, will finish their college careers at different institutions.

    Hardin was ranked the No. 5 kicker in the nation coming out of high school and was expected to have a promising career at Florida, but expectations regressed significantly, particularly during the 2015 season. He was part of a kicking unit that forced Jim McElwain to hold open tryouts with the UF student body during the season. Hardin hit only 5-of-14 field goals last season and even had trouble on extra points.

    Florida signed junior college kicker Eddy Pineiro during the most recent recruiting cycle, an uber-talented prospect who’s expected to easily win the job and put the Florida kicking woes far in the rearview mirror. Pineiro was committed to Alabama, but McElwain convinced him to flip to the Gators. The kicker’s commitment was one of the Gators’ most important signings this offseason. 

    Dorsey departs having contributed in a limited capacity during his time with the Gators, in large part due to injuries.

    The Gators kicked off spring practice last week and will hold their annual scrimmage, the Orange & Blue Debut, on the night of Friday, April 8.

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