Florida redshirt freshman quarterback Max Brown is expected to enter the transfer portal, according to Hayes Fawcett of On3.
Brown played in six games this season for the Gators. He made his first career start in the season finale against then-No. 5 Florida State. Against one of the top defenses in college football, Brown nearly led Florida to an upset victory.
Florida led 12-0 at one point in the game, but eventually, the Gators fell 24-15 to the rival Seminoles. Brown completed nine of 16 passes for 86 yards and an interception. He was also sacked six times in the loss.
The previous week against Missouri, Brown replaced redshirt junior quarterback Graham Mertz who suffered a second-half collarbone injury. Brown did enough to put Florida in position to win with 56 passing yards and 42 rushing yards in a two-point loss.
Brown signed with the Gators as part of head coach Billy Napier’s first recruiting class in 2022. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, product was a late riser in the recruiting process. He originally committed to play for former Florida head coach Jim McElwain at Central Michigan before Napier offered a spot.
Brown served as the backup quarterback this season, but the Gators’ quarterback room was going to get crowded next year. Five-star recruit DJ Lagway, the 17th-ranked player in the 247Sports Composite rankings, is set to sign with Florida this season.
Mertz is also expected to return to Gainesville after an impressive first season with Florida. He set new career highs for passing yards, passing touchdowns and completion percentage while setting a new career low for interceptions.
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