Another Gator withdraws his name from the transfer portal

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One day after reports came in that defensive end Lloyd Summerall III would be withdrawing his name from the transfer portal and returning to Florida, defensive lineman Dante Zanders became the second Gator to return to the program.

The rising redshirt senior will play for Billy Napier next season, according to On3’s Matt Zenitz. Zanders saw his most productive season with the Gators this year, recording six total tackles and half a sack across 12 games as a reserve defensive lineman. He previously played tight end for Florida and switched positions in 2020.

Zanders spent a little over a month in the transfer portal after entering on November 29. He was the first to leave after Billy Napier was named as Florida’s new coach, but whatever reservations Zanders had about the new regime seem to have settled down.

With Zanders and Summerall returning to Florida, only one player remains in the transfer portal for the Gators. Mohamoud Diabate, Florida’s leading tackler this year, has yet to make a decision, and Emory Jones hasn’t yet technically entered the portal. Those are two of the bigger names to announce, so it would make sense that Napier has met with them already.

Florida has already lost Jacob Copeland to Maryland, Gerald Mincey to Tenneessee and Khris Bogle to Michigan State.


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