Florida football is getting ready for the 2023 season as they look to rebuild their roster and reshape their image on a national scale.
After going 6-7 in Billy Napier’s first year last season, Florida has been trending upward and it feels like it’s just a matter of time before the Gators are back near the top of college football.
While recruiting high schoolers is a big part of making that climb, utilizing the transfer portal is also very important in today’s college game.
Napier brought in double-digit transfers over the offseason, and here are the ones that will have the greatest impact on the team.
Florida football transfers: The depth pieces
Not every transfer is going to come in and be a star. Some were brought to Gainesville to help build depth and mentor the younger Gator players.
Here are five of those guys that figure to have a fair, but not extreme impact this fall.
Deuce Spurlock, LB – Deuce is entering his second year in college after transferring from Michigan during the offseason. He was a three-star recruit in the 2022 class out of Alabama and totaled three tackles in very limited actions with the Wolverines last year. He’ll help build depth at LB and hopefully be a big part of the defense in years to come.
Cam Carroll, RB – Carroll is an experience back entering his sixth year in school, coming over from Tulane. His best year was in 2020 when he ran for 741 yards and 12 touchdowns. Being behind Montrell Johnson and Trevor Etienne means that Carroll won’t see a ton of action if those two stay healthy. But he will be a veteran mentor to both of those guys and provide depth in the backfield.
Mannie Nunnery, LB – This fall will be Nunnery’s fifth year in college, and was formerly a Houston Cougar. He had 46 tackles and a sack last season for Houston and was a three-star recruit in the class of 2019. Like Deuce, he’ll be a depth piece in the Gators’ linebacker room and get some reps throughout the season.
Micah Mazzccua, OL – Mazzccua would be in the larger contributors list, but given some nagging injuries, it’s hard to put him up there. Micah currently projects to be a second-string lineman for the Gators as he heads into his fourth year in college. Previously at Baylor, he had the best run-blocking grade in the country and was the second-best guard in the Big 12.
Caleb Banks, DL – The final guy in this section is Caleb Banks, a Louisville transfer entering his second year at the college level. Banks was a three-star recruit in the 2021 class and racked up two tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble in limited action last season. Expect Caleb to take this fall as a development year, and become a bigger part of the defense in the future.