Gators TE Nick Elksnis plans to enter transfer portal

Gators TE Nick Elksnis plans to enter transfer portal

Florida tight end Nick Elksnis became the second Gator in as many days to announce his plans to enter the transfer portal. Elksnis took to Twitter to announce his transfer, but he’ll have to wait until Dec. 5 to officially enter the portal.

Elksnis, a former three-star prospect from the class of 2021 according to 247Sports, was on the field for just 61 snaps over two years at the University of Florida. Injuries have limited him this season and kept him sidelined since Week 5. The specifics of his injury aren’t known to the general public, but the injury report does indicate it’s an upper-body issue.

Elksnis should get some looks from elite programs now that he’s officially stepping away from the program. He fielded offers from Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Tennessee among others as a prep player.

Florida’s tight end situation has been dire all year, and those problems date back to the spring when Elksnis suffered a broken scapula that didn’t require surgery to heal. After Elksnis went down in the spring, so did Jonathan Odom, leaving Florida with very few tight ends to work with. That’s part of the reason Dante Zanders shifted positions, and it took until the South Carolina game to see any production from Odom.

Most of Elksnis’ snaps came in a special teams role, so it’s easy to see why he’s moving on from the program. He joins a growing list of Gators that plan on entering the portal in December, and he likely won’t be the last to leave the program. Billy Napier expected some attrition after his first year at the program, and he likely has a plan to replace whatever talent departs.

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