With Trevor Etienne gone, who steps up at running back for Florida Football?

The Gators will have a four man race to earn the title of RB2

Vanderbilt Commodores linebacker CJ Taylor (1) is knocked down by Florida Gators running back
Vanderbilt Commodores linebacker CJ Taylor (1) is knocked down by Florida Gators running back / Doug Engle/Gainesville Sun / USA TODAY
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Former Florida Football running back Trevor Etienne made headlines recently due to his comments about why he left the Gators to join Georgia. At the core of what he said, Etienne claims he didn't want to be the second running back on a team with a losing record.

Beyond the semantics of what he said, what's done is done and the Gators can't dwell on who isn't here, they can only focus on who is here.

Montrell Johnson is back and will more than likely have RB1 status locked down, but we know Billy Napier likes to split carries among his running backs.

As Spring practice is getting underway, Florida will have four running backs vying for the title of RB2 in August.

Florida Football: Give Me The Ball

1. Treyaun Webb

Sep 16, 2023; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Gators running back Treyaun Webb (20) runs with the
Sep 16, 2023; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Gators running back Treyaun Webb (20) runs with the / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

On paper, Treyaun Webb would have the inside track for the job. The former fringe four-star prospect out of Jacksonville did get a handful of touches last season as a true freshman.

Webb ran the ball 26 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns in 2023. He saw the bulk of his action against McNeese State when he ran 14 times for 71 yards.

Currently listed at 5'11" and 215 pounds, Webb is a bruising back, but is actually smaller than a couple of the other guys he will be battling for the job.

2. Cam Carroll

Florida Gators running back Cam Carroll (27) rushes with the ball during the second half during the
Florida Gators running back Cam Carroll (27) rushes with the ball during the second half during the / Matt Pendleton / USA TODAY NETWORK

One of the forgotten players lost due to injury from the 2023 campaign was Cam Carroll. After transferring in from Tulane, Carroll flashed during Florida's Spring Game but suffered a season-ending knee injury during training camp prior to the season.

This followed a season ending injury in the first game of the 2022 season while still at Tulane.

But when healthy, Carroll ran 122 times in 2020 for 741 yards and 12 touchdowns and 111 times for 516 yards in 2021.

He still might not be at full strength for the Spring, but if he can get healthy he is one to keep an eye on and not be shocked if he produces in 2024.

3. KD Daniels

West Point   s Kahn Daniels (2) scores a touchdown in the first quarter against Laurel in the MHSAA
West Point s Kahn Daniels (2) scores a touchdown in the first quarter against Laurel in the MHSAA / Bruce Newman/Special Clarion Ledger /

While Florida's 2024 recruiting class didn't hold like fans hoped it would, one of the bright spots was Kahnen Daniels. Originally low on the radar of all the recruiting services, Daniels bulldozed his way into the top 200 overall following a monster season with West Point High in Mississippi en route to a state title.

Officially listed on the roster as KD, we said about Daniels last March when he first popped up on Florida's radar that "His biggest attribute is his vision. Even with 11 defenders in the box and chaos all around, Daniels is able to follow his blockers and stay patient long enough for holes to open up. He’s hard to bring down in the sense that he simply goes where opposing linebackers are not."

As a true freshman it is hard to put all of ones faith in that Daniels will be the guy, but keep in mind that by Etienne was the solidified RB2 by the end of his freshman campaign in 2022.

4. Jadan Baugh

Feb 2, 2024; Mobile, AL, USA; Florida mascot Albert Gator helps lead off the Mardi Gras player
Feb 2, 2024; Mobile, AL, USA; Florida mascot Albert Gator helps lead off the Mardi Gras player / Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

One of the late grabs for Florida in the class of 2024 was former Arkansas commit Jadan Baugh.

Currently listed at 6'0" and 237 pounds, Baugh is currently built more like a fullback though we don't imagine 237 will be his actual playing weight once the season commences.

Baugh was a fringe four-star prospect out of Atlanta who had over 1,500 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns during his senior season of high school.

When we first profiled Baugh last May we said "At his best, Baugh is a master at getting out of tight spaces and is a nightmare for opposing defenses to bring down. He’s not a QB that runs in a power set compared to Kahnen Daniels; more so, he’s a player that Columbia High moves all around the field to find creative ways to get him the ball and let him do his thing."

He feels like a prime candidate to either redshirt or play special teams, but given his size there is a pathway he finds his way into the lineup if Napier wants to play some smash mouth football in 2024.