Florida wide receiver Trent Whittemore announced his decision to enter the transfer portal on Monday on Twitter.
Whittemore won’t be able to officially enter the portal until Dec. 5, but it’s not unusual for players to leave the team early in anticipation of the move. It helps keep their bodies healthy, which is a smart move for someone like Whittemore who has seen his snaps decrease significantly from year-to-year.
A Gainesville native, Whittemore played for his father at Bucholz High School before signing with the Gators. He redshirted after playing in two games his freshman year and suffered a broken rib/punctured lung during his sophomore campaign (the 2020 season was shortened by COVID as well). Whittemore’s junior year finally saw him healthy and productive in the Gators’ offense, but the coaching change seemed to leave without a defined role on the team.
Ricky Pearsall transferred to Florida and took over the slot position that Whittemore was expected to compete for. Whittemore’s 27 snaps played on the season pale in comparison to Pearsall’s 228, so it’s easy to understand the decision to transfer.
Another factor that may have contributed to the decision, or vice-versa, is Whittemore’s younger brother decommitting from UF. Creed Whittemore, who plays all over the field at Bucholz, backed off his pledge to the Gators following Florida’s loss to LSU in October.
Creed Whittemore ended up flipping his commitment to Mississippi State, so that could be a possible landing spot for his older brother.
Billy Napier said from day one that attrition was expected with this team, and we’re starting to see exactly that. Expect more familiar names to enter the portal in the next month or so.
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