Florida Football: Which transfer portal losses will hurt the Gators the most in 2024?

As it stands now, Florida has had 22 enter the transfer portal.

Florida Gators running back Trevor Etienne (7) rushes with the ball while Florida State Seminoles
Florida Gators running back Trevor Etienne (7) rushes with the ball while Florida State Seminoles / Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun / USA
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#18 - Thai Chiaokhiao-Bowman

After coming to Florida from Independence CC, Thai Chiaokhiao-Bowman was relegated to mostly special team duties in 2022. There was some hope that he could crack Florida's receiver rotation in 2023, but he dealt with injuries all season long and wasn't seen on the field until the Missouri game.

He leaves Florida with seven catches for 138 yards, though he is still unclaimed in the transfer portal.

Florida isn't super deep at wide receiver heading into 2024, but still should have better options than
Chiaokhiao-Bowman.

#17 - Andrew Savaiinaea

There was always a bit of hope that Andrew Savaiinaea could catch lightning in a bottle for the Gators. He was a two-way defensive end/tight end in high school and toyed with both positions while at Florida.

But despite Florida being weak at tight end, he never same the field with the Gators.

We have him a tick higher on this list because of his versatility, but Florida should be able to carry on.

#16 - Max Brown

Note that this list is in descending order of which losses will hurt the most, not a list of which players we thought were better than others.

If given time to develop and an offense that utilized his strengths better, Max Brown appeared to be a capable fill in QB. It was a bit confounding why the Gators didn't have more RPO for Brown against FSU, but he nearly led an epic comeback against Missouri that would have gone down in Gator lore if not for 4th and 17.

Brown was also a member of the baseball team, but with Graham Mertz coming back and DJ Lagway coming to town, Brown was going to be the third string QB at best in 2024.

He is off the UNC Charlotte in 2024.