Lorenzo Lingard granted immediate eligibility

Lorenzo Lingard received a birthday gift in the form of immediate eligibility for the 2020 season.

The redshirt sophomore announced on twitter, and Gator Country has confirmed, that he had been granted a waiver from the NCAA to be able to play this season for the Florida Gators.


Lingard transferred to Florida from the University of Miami. The running back played in just two games during the 2019 season. A knee injury ended his 2018 prematurely. Lingard only had 17 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns while at Miami.

Lingard is one of three transfers for the Gators this season. Former Penn State and Texas receivers Justin Shorter and Ethan Pouncey are still awaiting their waivers.

Lingard’s immediate eligibility will be huge for the Gators in 2020, as they look to replace Lamical Perine in the backfield. Perine was carried the ball more than the Gators’ four other running backs combined in 2019. Lingard is a former five-star prospect that will challenge for the starting job this fall.

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC