Florida will need to see some roster drain over the coming months to free up scholarships for high school signatories and transfers. The scholarship limit will return to the normal limit of 85 in 2022 after it was waived last season due to COVID-19.
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On Tuesday, the Seminoles lost their first scholarship player to the gate since the regular season ended. Offensive lineman Galen Goss, a sophomore with the Redshirt team, reportedly chose to test the transfer waters.
Gus’ decision came as no big surprise after the State of Florida honored him on graduation day in November. He will look for an opportunity elsewhere where he can earn more playing time.
The Georgia native appeared in all 12 Seminoles games in 2021. He also had shots in eight games last season and 13 games in 2019. The majority of Gus’ contributions to special teams came as a member of the Field Goals Unit.
The Lowndes County High School producer signed with Florida shortly after hiring former head coach Willie Taggart. He got an offer from Noles in early January 2018 before he inked his LOI less than a month later.
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For Florida, it will be the first time they are affected by the NCAA-approved one-year exemption that allows programs to sign up to seven transfers to replace seven outgoing players. Gus is the first scholarship player to announce his transfer from the Seminoles within the permitted period.
Players who have transitioned before or during the season like Brandon Moore, Josh Griffis, Brian Robinson, Dontay Lucas and Chuba Purdy won’t go into the line.
With Gus gone, Florida State is expected to bring back 10 men offensive linemen for scholarship in 2022. The Seminoles are still going after multiple players in the transfer gate and have five men offensive linemen committed in the
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