Florida Gators football adds standout pass rusher as graduate transfer

By Adam Silverstein
January 10, 2019
Florida Gators football adds standout pass rusher as graduate transfer

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Florida Gators football on Wednesday added one of the best graduate transfer players on the market this offseason when defensive end Jon Greenard (Hiram, GA) announced that he would join the program ahead of the 2019 season. Greenard, who played his first two seasons at Louisville, suffered a wrist injury in the 2018 season opener against Alabama and was lost for the season.

“I will be continuing my collegiate career as a Graduate Student at the University of Florida,” he wrote on Twitter.

Rather than remain with the Cardinals while they rebuild under a new coaching staff, Greenard (6-foot-4, 263 pounds) decided to join the Gators and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who previously recruited the player to Louisville. Considering Florida lost both junior Jachai Polite and senior Cece Jefferson after the season, there is a need for a top-tier pass rusher, a role Greenard could fill immediately.

Greenard amassed 9.5 sacks, 70 tackles (22.5 for loss), four pass defenses and two turnovers in his first two seasons with the Cardinals; he was expected to show out in 2018 after a tremendous offseason. At the time of his transfer, he will have one year of eligibility remaining, but should he hope to stay with the Gators past the 2019 season he may be able to apply for an additional year via waiver.

It is expected that Greenard, a former three-star prospect who was unranked by most services, will enroll for the spring semester and be eligible for offseason workouts and spring practice.

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