Florida loses a quarterback as Jake Allen announces transfer decision

By Adam Silverstein
April 17, 2018
Florida loses a quarterback as Jake Allen announces transfer decision

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The Florida Gators‘ quarterback competition has thinned out by means of attrition as redshirt freshman Jake Allen announced Tuesday night that he has decided to leave the program now that spring practice has concluded.

“I want [to] extend my appreciation to the University of Florida, Coach [Jim McElwain] and Coach [Doug Nussmeier] for recruiting me to my childhood dream school. I also want to thank Coach [Dan] Mullen and Coach [Brian] Johnson for coaching me the last few months. To Gator Nation: I believe Coach Mullen is going to turn the program around and have seen the team come together. With that said, because the offense is not the right fit for me, and because I want to continue to pursue my dream to play in the NFL, I am now seeking other opportunities to play football and I am opening up my recruitment. I have been committed to the Gators since the summer of my sophomore year [of high school] and I am very sad to say goodbye to Gator Nation but look forward to this new chapter in my life. Go Gators.”

There’s not much to expand on regarding Allen’s transfer because he quite succinctly laid out his legitimate, reasoned decision making as part of his statement. With redshirt sophomores Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask competing for the starting job, and with freshman Emory Jones likely to be groomed as Mullen’s quarterback of the future, it was unlikely that Allen would see the field in any meaningful way over the next few seasons.

A former four-star prospect, Allen saw his recruitment settle his senior season as he put together a inconsistent campaign. He joined Florida with less fanfare than initially expected and has not factored into the quarterback competition in either of his two seasons with the Gators.

Sophomore Kadarius Toney, an athlete who has moved to wide receiver on a more permanent basis, will likely serve as an emergency quarterback for the season.


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