Jim McElwain announced on Wednesday that redshirt junior quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg has decided to transfer away from the Florida Gators and has enrolled at Columbia.
Mornhinweg saw action in three career games, starting all of them in 2013 at South Carolina and then two at home against Georgia Southern and Florida State. Mornhinweg completed 44-of-63 pass attempts, including three touchdowns and an interception.
“We wish him the best, we’d love to have him stay here, but obviously as it sits, we’re right now with two scholarship quarterbacks,” McElwain said. “So moving forward, as you guys all know, that position, especially in this league now, you need to have some depth, so we’re constantly looking at that spot, as well as some other spots on the roster to try to make sure that we get some needed bodies in those areas.”
This leaves Florida with two scholarship quarterbacks, technically.
That sentence looks scary and it should, especially given the injury history that Florida has had at the position the past few years. However, Mornhinweg transferring didn’t change that sentence at all. Mornhinweg was light-years behind both Will Grier and Treon Harris in spring camp, not even coming close to consideration for the starting quarterback job. It could be argued that walk-on quarterback Jacob Guy had surpassed Mornhinweg on the depth chart as well. Mornhinweg was a “scholarship quarterback” in name, not in playing ability or talent and his decision to transfer shouldn’t affect anything Florida was planning on doing this coming season.
Still, Jim McElwain is still standing on the corner or University and 13th avenue holding a “Help Wanted” sign. The roster he inherited is razor thin and that has led he and his staff to look for any way possible to fill the giant depth holes they have.
McElwain tried and failed to get three junior college offensive linemen into school before signing day — something he has spoken about publically. Now, after spring practice and with the beginning of summer courses, it’s officially graduate transfer season.
Everett Golson was reportedly visiting the Gators on Monday and Tuesday. Florida has also had interest in Vanderbilt receiver Josh Grady. Luke Del Rio, the son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, is expected to enroll at Florida later this summer as well.
“Per NCAA rules, he’s a prospective student-athlete, so I can’t really comment on that part,” said McElwain. “Obviously [Golson] mentioning us is something that’s exciting and at the same time, we’re doing it at a lot of different spots. So heading into this year, it’s got to be one of those things that’s evolving as we go. There’s some really good opportunities.”
McElwain declining comment on any transfers or graduate transfer would lead one to believe that no potential transfer has enrolled at Florida. Not mentioning a transfer by name keeps Florida and McElwain out of any potential hot water with the NCAA.
The bottom line is that the Florida Gators need help.
The goals don’t change but the roster has and McElwain will be fighting an uphill battle to achieve those goals this season.