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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Florida guard O’Cyrus Torrence declares for the 2023 NFL Draft

Louisiana transfer guard started 11 games for Gators this season

<p>A Florida football helmet, pictured during a game against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 4, 2021.</p>

A Florida football helmet, pictured during a game against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 4, 2021.

Florida guard O’Cyrus Torrence declared for the 2023 NFL Draft Sunday night in an announcement posted on Twitter. The junior lineman played one season for the Gators after transferring in from Louisiana.

“While I was only a Gator for one year, I want to thank Gator Nation for your support and making me feel like family,” Torrence said. “There’s nothing in the world like playing in the Swamp!”

Torrence followed head coach Billy Napier from Louisiana-Lafayette to Florida, and immediately became a focal point of the Gators’ offensive line. The Greensburg, Louisiana, product started eleven games this season.

With Torrence leading the way, Florida had the 15th most rushing yards per game in the country with 213.7 and allowed just 12 sacks, 11th fewest nationally. 

The junior guard is a potential first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The most-recent mock draft from Josh Edwards of CBS Sports has Torrence being selected 19th overall by the New York Jets.

Torrence did not specify whether he will be playing in the Gators’ bowl game. Florida will play Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ABC.

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Topher Adams

Topher Adams is a fourth-year communications major and in his fourth semester with the Alligator. He previously covered football, baseball and women's basketball. He also enjoys professional lacrosse and Major League Soccer.

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