A player not even on the Florida football depth chart has decided to test the waters and enter the NCAA transfer portal for 2020.
Honestly, and this isn’t bagging on a Florida football player, but until this week, I didn’t even know who Nick Sproles was.
Perhaps it was veiled ignorance or the fact that I’ve been sick for the last three days with a bug I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.
But, Wednesday, I learned that Sproles was a redshirt junior backup quarterback for Florida football and that he was entering the 2020 transfer portal — meaning he was leaving the program at the end of the season.
And, Florida football head coach Dan Mullen was pretty pointed about it during this week’s SEC coaches’ teleconference.
“He’s what the transfer portal is for,” Mullen said on the SEC coaches teleconference, as quoted by the News-Press. “Nick Sproles is a guy that’s been one of the most valuable guys on our team. He’s not only the third-team quarterback, he’s the scout team quarterback.
“He’s extremely intelligent. He’s going to graduate from Florida this spring. He’s why they put the transfer portal in, not for these other silly things that go on with it.
“Nick’s a guy that’s going to wrap up with us. He’s going to be with the team until the end of the season and then he’s going to graduate. I know he’d really like the opportunity to go transfer and play at another school next year.”
Come to find out, Sproles is a walk-on from Winter Park, Florida. He was the No. 3 quarterback behind Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask last season and moved even further down the chart when Emory Jones came to Gainesville this season.
He did attempt one pass last year in the game against Florida State. But, that’s about it.
Now, he will test his luck in the portal that already has 22 quarterbacks listed for 2020.
He will join offensive guard Chris Bleich, who entered the portal a few weeks ago, and safety John Huggins, who entered the portal and has already transferred to Robert Morris.
Best of luck to Sproles. We hardly knew you. No, really, I didn’t know you at all.