LB Jeremi Powell leaving Florida Gators early

By Adam Silverstein
January 5, 2016

Junior linebacker Jeremi Powell has decided to leave the Florida Gators with a year of eligibility remaining in order to pursue “a future outside of the game,” according to a release from the program.

Florida notes that Powell is set to graduate in May.


The Gators’ release, which did not include a statement from head coach Jim McElwain, confirmed multiple reports earlier Tuesday that had Powell not rejoining the team for the 2016 season.

All in all, Powell notched 21 tackles in 25 career games for Florida, spending most of his time playing on special teams. He did start two contests for the Gators this season as injuries and a lack of depth created a thin linebacking corps.

UF will return senior Alex Anzalone, junior Daniel McMillian, redshirt sophomore Matt Rolin and freshman Rayshad Jackson for next season; the Gators also hope to have junior Jarrad Davis – the best of the bunch – in the fold, though he appears to be weighing an NFL decision after initially saying he was definitely coming back to the team next year.

Florida will also have three-star early enrollee David Reese (Farmington, MI) on campus for spring practice, though the program does not have any other linebackers committed for 2016 at this time.

4 Comments

  1. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Bye bye now good luck with that…injured, suspended, couldn’t be bothered to show up for the Citrus Bowl. Time to move on to a team that wants to follow the rules and be all in.

  2. 1974Gator says:

    Good luck, Jeremi. Thank you for your service. That said, Davis is the only proven performer mentioned in the bunch. If he was coming back we could build around him, Rolin and McMillian. Anyone know what to expect from Jackson? Reese is a ball seeking missile.

  3. gatorforever says:

    Hmm, this unit gives me some concern. I love Davis but the names don’t stick out as in years past.

  4. Mac_supporter says:

    Wait, what about the commits from Moon and Joseph at LB?

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