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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Former Louisiana offensive lineman reuniting with head coach Billy Napier 

The All-Sun Belt selection from the past two seasons has enrolled at Florida.

<p>O&#x27;Cyrus Torrence is now the third former Louisiana-Lafayette player to reunite with Napier in Gainesville.</p>

O'Cyrus Torrence is now the third former Louisiana-Lafayette player to reunite with Napier in Gainesville.

Former Louisiana offensive lineman O’Cyrus Torrence committed to the Florida Gators via the transfer portal. The Greensburg, Louisiana, native, who confirmed his commitment via Twitter Monday, played for three seasons under former Ragin’ Cajun head coach and current UF boss Billy Napier. 

Torrence Torrence was the highest-rated interior offensive lineman in the portal per 247 sports announced his decision days after visiting Gainesville.

Torrence held a starting role with the Ragin’ Cajuns’ as a true freshman, playing left guard in 2019 before shifting to right guard the following seasons. He joins the Gators as a junior but has two remaining years of eligibility due to the exempt 2020 season.

Standing at 6-foot-5, 335 pounds, Torrence received FWAA-Shaun Alexander Freshman All-American Team honors in 2019 and went on to earn consecutive All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2020 (second team) and 2021 (first team). 

Torrence will reunite with former Louisiana teammates running back Montrell Johnson and reserve offensive lineman Kamryn Waites. Torrence also shares relationships with offensive line coaches, Rob Sale and Super Bowl champion Darnell Stapleton. 

As one of the top guards in the nation, Torrence has not allowed a single sack through 37 games and 1,146 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Torrance entered the portal in early January and received numerous offers from top Power Five programs  including Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Michigan State, Ole Miss and USC. 

Given Torrance’s relationships and success under Napier, it comes as no surprise that Torrence will don the orange and blue next season. 

Contact Madeline Lawson at mlawson@alligator.org. Follow her on Twitter @MadsLaws.



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