While it’s still entirely possible that some of these players will appear as rotational pieces or more for the Gators this season, Swamp247 rates the following people as more likely to wear a red shirt than not:
Jamari Lyon – A former four-star defensive lineman, Lyons was the sixth-highest-ranked prospect to join the Gators in the 2022 class. However, he is more than likely a third-team option for Florida along its defensive front, which makes him a likely redshirt candidate. Of the players listed here, he is most likely to play more than four games, which would strip him of his redshirt status.
Jack Pyburn – An outside linebacker, Pyburn has certainly looked the part all spring with an impressive 6-foot-3 frame and over 260 pounds. But Pyburn is buried under several Florida returns to his post. He’s likely heading into a redshirt season for that reason.
Arlis Boardingham – Had a tight end Arlis Boardingham been signed up in the spring, he might have had a better chance of contributing as a true freshman as the team lost three scholarship players to the position to injuries of varying severity, forcing Napier to move several players on the defensive side of the ball on tight ends to mitigate unit casualties. But the advent of Dante Zanders more healthy yields of Nick Elksnis and Jonathan Odome make inexperienced Boardingham a good bet for redshirt.
Andrew Savaiinaea — Savaiinaea joined the program as an outside linebacker, but was quickly moved to Florida’s thin defensive line unit late in fall camp. The former three-star prospect from Graham, Washington, weighed in at around 270 pounds about halfway through the team’s camp schedule and he seemed to be supporting that mass just fine. Still, Savaiinaea is likely heading to a redshirt to allow him to develop further as a defensive end.
Jalen Farmer – A three-star offensive lineman, Farmer finds himself outside of the top 10 players at his position and certainly won’t see the field this year for significant reps.
Michael Mitchell — A potential athlete who joined the Florida safeties upon arriving on campus, Mitchell did not consider the Gators’ rotation to that position and is considered emergency depth ahead of his first season at the college level , which will allow it to preserve the eligibility of first-year students.
David Conner – The former three-star prospect wasn’t a factor in Florida’s top 10 offensive linemen early in camp and suffered an injury that will keep him out for a long time.
Christian Williams – Like Farmer and Conner, Williams isn’t among the team’s top 10 linemen.
Max Brown – Despite an injury to quarterback Jack Miller, which opened the door to some competition behind the starter Anthony RichardsonBrown was not considered a factor in the race for the third-team calling role as he is considered a draft in that position and needs more time to develop and acclimate to the college game.
Hayden Hansen – Like Brown, the Florida coaching staff sees Hansen as a draft with a lot of potential. The team will try to bring out some of that in practice this year.