Florida Gators TE Jake McGee receives NCAA approval for sixth year of eligibility

By Adam Silverstein
January 20, 2015

Florida Gators tight end Jake McGee announced Tuesday on Twitter that he has received approval from the NCAA to play a sixth season of college football. The program confirmed Tuesday evening that he will remain with the team for the 2015 season.

McGee, a graduate transfer from Virginia who joined Florida for the 2014 season but only played a handful of snaps in its opener against Eastern Michigan before breaking his tibia and fibula, applied for additional eligibility but was patiently waiting for the NCAA’s response to his waiver.

“Lets try this college thing one more time! thanks @ncaa see you in the fall!” he excitedly wrote Tuesday on the social media service.


Virginia’s leading receiver in 2013 with 43 catches for 395 yards and two touchdowns, McGee received his undergraduate degree in May of that year. He amassed 769 yards and seven touchdowns on 71 catches over his last two full seasons, averaging 10.8 yards per reception and hauling in five touchdowns on 28 touches as a junior in 2012.

McGee was expected to be a big part of Florida’s offense in 2014 as a large, sure-handed target for quarterback Jeff Driskel. His absence left the Gators without a true playmaker at tight end and some of UF’s lowest points of the season resulted from its failure to make plays at that position.

McGee underwent surgery on Sept. 7, 2014 and is expected to be cleared by the spring.

Florida only has three other scholarship tight ends on the roster in sophomore DeAndre Goolsby and redshirt freshmen C’yontai Lewis and Moral Stephens.

12 Comments

  1. Gator84 says:

    Excellent News for Gators and Coach Mac and OC Nussmeier.
    A real TE?
    With good hands?
    Not since Jordan Reed……..

    • Michael Jones says:

      Hard to say whether that’s true. Muschamp put glorified tackles at TE and rarely threw them the ball.

      • Gator84 says:

        Glorified Tackles?
        They were bad defensive ends with hands of stone.

        This guy is a bonafide TE. Look up his stats with UVA.

        And Muschamp is gone, and good riddance.
        He wouldn’t know offense if he wasn’t devising how to stop it.
        And he stopped the GATOR offense for four years as GATOR Head Coach.

  2. Dave Massey says:

    That’s nice to hear. Might actually work out better for him the way Mushamp ran an offense.

  3. Michael J. says:

    let’s see him actually play before getting excited. I remember a lot of people getting excited over Andre Debose coming back last year after an injury. Did he even catch a pass? Now we have another player who has done zero at UF, I’ll wait for results.

    • Ryan D says:

      We? Exit stage left please! Be happy for the young fella.

    • 305Gator says:

      Earth to nole troll
      We have seen him play already, he has better numbers and stats than any TE we have had since Jordan Reed.
      This is a big deal.
      Big weapon at a position of need, great news for Gator Nation! Not so good news for them criminoles.

  4. Timmy T says:

    Nice. This is almost like gaining a nice commitment today.

    • 305Gator says:

      I thought the same thing. With all the non-news about recruiting so far it is very nice to have a proven guy at a position of need come back. In fact it is better than getting a commit from whoever is the top ranked TE out there, we’ve had those before and none of them worked out.
      Go gators!

  5. Michael Jones says:

    Great news! Another weapon for Coach McElwain.

  6. Matt says:

    Great news! Another weapon in the arsenal for the coaches to build their offense arround

  7. lgg62w says:

    Jordan Reed was a QB when he came to Florida and Coach Meyer converted him to a TE where he really prospered. The Gators need to recruit great athletes and find a position for them like Gary Patterson does at TCU.

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