Florida football: Which incoming transfers will have the greatest impact?

Florida Gators defensive lineman Jamari Lyons (95) participates in a drill against Florida Gators defensive lineman Cam Jackson (99) during fall football practice at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, August 5, 2023. [Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun]
Florida Gators defensive lineman Jamari Lyons (95) participates in a drill against Florida Gators defensive lineman Cam Jackson (99) during fall football practice at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, August 5, 2023. [Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun] /
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Florida football transfers: Damieon George, OL

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Florida Gators offensive coordinator Rob Sale and Florida Gators offensive lineman Damieon George Jr. (76) talk after the game during the Florida Gators Orange and Blue Spring Game at Steve Spurrier Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL on Thursday, April 13, 2023. [Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun]Ncaa Football Florida Gators Orange Blue Spring Game /

George, a redshirt sophomore who transferred from Alabama, walked into the Gators’ OL room and instantly made everyone else look small.

He’s 6’6”-361 and uses every bit of his size to his advantage. When he was at Alabama, he had his best season in 2021, playing in 12 games with three starts and grading out at 97% on his assignments.

Damieon was a 4-star recruit out of high school and ranked as a top-30 OT in the country in the 2020 class.

Any guy that Nick Saban trusts to play the offensive line is someone that I can trust.

George is currently projected to start for the Gators at right tackle, so he isn’t a project guy that the Gators may or may not get a solid return out of. He’s here to play.

In the Gators’ run-heavy offense, Damieon will be featured many times per game, and if he holds down his side of the offensive line Etienne and Johnson will look even better than they did last season.

It’s clear that George is bought into the Gators’ program as well. He told reporters today that the talent level at Alabama and Florida is the same.

That’s high praise and shows a level of confidence that you need in your offensive linemen.

George will be a starter for as long as he’s healthy and will make the Gators’ running game even better than we all think it can be.