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Florida football transfer tracker: Gators add QB with NFL bloodlines

Florida football landed a commitment from a quarterback with NFL bloodlines over the weekend.

Former Colorado State quarterback Clay Millen will sign with the Florida Gators in February after visiting UF's campus over the weekend. Millen is the son of former NFL quarterback Hugh Millen, who played nine NFL seasons with Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints.

Millen, a redshirt sophomore with two years of eligibility remaining, passed for 2,020 yards and 10 TDs in two seasons at Colorado State. His best season came in 2022, when in 10 starts, Millen completed 72.2% of his passes, throwing for 1,910 yards with 10 TDs and six interceptions.

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Millen will provide depth to a UF quarterback room that includes returning starter Graham Mertz and incoming five-star freshman D.J. Lagway. Florida lost backup quarterback Max Brown to the transfer portal, and another backup, Jack Miller, has left the team after being sidelined for most of the 2023 season with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.

Florida also has walk-on quarterback Parker Leslie on the roster and has secured commitments from two preferred walk-ons, former Santa Monica College quarterback Paul Kessler and former Yale quarterback Aidan Warner.

Here's a look at UF's additions and subtractions in the portal:

Transfers added

Florida football National Signing Day Class 2023

Florida football signed four players from the transfer portal Wednesday as high school recruits were taking part in the early signing period.

Of the four, Penn's Joey Slackman is the highest-rated, a four-star grad transfer who at 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds won Ivy League defensive player of the year honors with 26 tackles and 4 sacks as an interior defensive lineman.

Florida Gators coach Billy Napier said Slackman's film stood out, and he made an impression with coaches and players on his visit.

"This guy's got leadership," Napier said. "He's got a motor, he's driven, he's ambitious, and he's got a plan."

UF's other transfer signings were San Diego State offensive lineman Brendan Crenshaw-Dickson (6-6, 310), Oregon defensive back Trikweze Bridges and Washington wide receiver Chimere Dike.

Crenshaw-Dickson, Napier said, could provide depth and competition at offensive tackle, a position where the Gators struggled in 2023 as UF quarterbacks were sacked 39 times.

"He's played, I think, 2,500 snaps," Napier said. "He started 35-plus games. Very productive player, All-Conference player in the Mountain West."

Dike will reunite with former Wisconsin teammate Graham Mertz. In three seasons with Mertz under center at Wisconsin, Dike amassed 1,150 receiving yards and caught 8 TD passes.

"He's a 10.8 100-meter guy," Napier said. "Very productive two years ago. He's got flexibility inside and outside. Polished player. Very consistent, dependable player that I think brings some speed."

Bridges started 13 games at cornerback for Oregon in 2022.

"The guy has played corner but has got some position flexibility," Napier said. "He can play safety. Very intelligent. Was on the leadership council at Oregon."

LB Grayson "Pup" Howard

A Jacksonville native, the 6-foot-4, 241-pound Howard appeared in 11 games as a true freshman for the Gamecocks in 2023, finishing with 19 tackles, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble. He has three years of eligibility remaining.

Howard was a four-star recruit out of Andrew Jackson High and a recruiting target of the Florida Gators before his decision to attend South Carolina. He was rated as the ninth-best linebacker in the 2022 class and the 115th-best player overall by 247Sports composite.

OL Devon Manuel

Manuel, a 6-foot-9, 310-pound tackle from Arkansas, is a redshirt freshman with three years of eligibility remaining. From Sunset, La., Manuel appeared in one game in two seasons with the Razorbacks and was a three-star recruit out of Beau Chene High School.

S D.J. Douglas

The 6-foot-0, 205 pounds Douglas had three interceptions and two pass breakups for the Green Wave in 2023, while also ranking sixth on the team in tackles (54) with one tackle for loss.

From Montgomery, Ala., Douglas was a former Alabama walk on who transferred to Tulane in 2023.

Transfers leaving

CB Jalen Kimber

Kimber, a Mansfield, Texas native who transferred from Georgia two seasons ago, entered the transfer portal last week. He's set to graduate in the spring and will leave as a graduate transfer.

Kimber started 11 games this season and was second on the team in pass breakups (5) while recording 23 tackles. He also had a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry.

S Miguel Mitchell

Mitchell entered the portal two weeks ago, according to a report from On3 Sports.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Mitchell appared in 24 games over two seasons for the Florida Gators, making nine starts. He finished the 2023 season with 37 tackles (19 solo), 0.5 tackles-for-loss, two pass breakups and an interception.

An Oxford, Ala., native, Mitchell has two years of eligibility remaining.

DE Princely Umanmielen, RB Trevor Etienne

Two key starters for Florida football in 2023 – running back Trevor Etienne and defensive lineman Princely Umanmielen – entered the transfer portal two weeks ago

Umanmielen had a team-high seven sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss and 17 quarterback hurries for the Florida Gators in 2023, earning USA TODAY All-SEC honors. Per Pro Football Focus, Umanmielen finished as the 10th-highest edge defender in the SEC (77.0) and second-highest graded edge defender in pass rush situations (88.9).

A Manor, Texas, native, Umanmielen has one year of eligibility remaining. He signed with Ole Miss on Wednesday.

Etienne announced his decision two weeks ago, after rushing for 1,472 yards and scoring 15 TDs in two seasons with the Gators, while adding 238 yards receiving and 1 TD and averaging 24.8 yards per return on 26 kickoffs. He has two years of eligibility remaining and is reportedly considering Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State.

DL Chris McClellan

Mc Clellan entered the transfer portal earlier this month, making an announcement the night before the portal opened.

The 6-3, 320-pound McClellan appeared in all 12 games for the Florida Gators in 2023, making one start. He finished the year with 23 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, a half a sack and a quarterback hurry,

In 2022, McClellan appeared in all 13 games for UF, finishing with 23 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 quarterback hurry.

OL Jalen Farmer

A redshirt freshman, the 6-5, 310-pound Farmer appeared in just two games in 2023 as a reserve against McNeese State and Vanderbilt.

QB Max Brown

Brown, a redshirt freshman, announced his entry into the transfer portal shortly after the end of the 2023 season.

He made his first career start against rival Florida State and led UF to an early 12-0 lead, but the Gators couldn't hold it in an eventual 24-15 loss to the No. 4 Seminoles at The Swamp. He finished the game 9-for-16 for 84 yards passing with one interception and was sacked six times.

Brown also showed promise in relief of starting quarterback Graham Mertz at Missouri, leading UF on a touchdown and field goal drive in the fourth quarter in an eventual 33-31 loss to Tigers. For the season, Brown finished 19-for-28 for 192 yards passing with 37 yards rushing.

Mertz announced last week he's coming back for 2024, and the Gators are poised to add five-star quarterback D.J. Lagway as the jewel of the 2024 class next month.

WR Caleb Douglas

Florida Gators wide receiver Caleb Douglas (4) catches the ball during fall football practice at Sanders Practice Fields at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL on Tuesday, August 1, 2023. [Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun]
Florida Gators wide receiver Caleb Douglas (4) catches the ball during fall football practice at Sanders Practice Fields at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL on Tuesday, August 1, 2023. [Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun]

Sophomore wide receiver Caleb Douglas is entering the transfer portal, according to an On3 Sports report.

Douglas had 11 catches for 133 yards and 1 TD in five games before suffering a season-ending leg injury on Sept. 30 at Kentucky.

In two seasons, Douglas made seven starts at UF and finished with 21 catches for 308 yards and 2 TDs.

S Kamari Wilson, DL Will Norman

Florida Gators tight end Arlis Boardingham (8) makes a catch over Florida Gators safety Kamari Wilson (5) during fall football practice at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, August 5, 2023. [Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun]
Florida Gators tight end Arlis Boardingham (8) makes a catch over Florida Gators safety Kamari Wilson (5) during fall football practice at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, August 5, 2023. [Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun]

Safety Kamari Wilson and defensive lineman Will Norman entered the portal shortly after the season ended.

Wilson, a four-star, top 50 nationally ranked recruit from Fort Pierce who played at IMG Academy in Bradenton, appeared in 13 games as a true freshman for the Gators, finishing the year with 39 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 1 pass breakup.

But Wilson lost out on a starting safety job this season as a sophomore, appearing in just four games behind Jordan Castell and Miguel Mitchell.

After arriving late to the stadium in UF's week four matchup against Charlotte this week, Wilson was removed from UF's depth chart and didn't play again.

"Yeah, Kamari Wilson didn't make the travel roster this week. So we can take 80 to the hotel, and Kamari wasn't on that list," Florida football head coach Billy Napier said when asked about Wilson following the Charlotte game. "Yeah, it's pretty simple."

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Norman, a four-star, top-200 national recruit from Camden, N.J., appeared in UF's first four games before redshirting. He registered one tackle against McNeese State.

K Adam Mihalek

Mihalek, who lost the starting kicking job to Trey Smack during the 2023 season, announced his intentions to transfer on social media the day after the end of the season.

Mihalek won UF's starting kicking job as a walk on in 2022, making 14 of 21 attempts, including a long of 52 yards. But after starting the 2023 season making 1 of his first 3 attempts, Mihalek lost the starting job to Smack, who took over for the remainder of the season.

TE Jonathan Odom

Odom announced his decision to transfer on social media at the end of the season after finishing 2023 with 9 catches for 75 yards. He had seven catches for 69 yards and 2 TDs in 2022.

TE Andrew Savaiinaea

Florida tight end Andrew Savaiinaea announced his intention to enter the transfer portal in a social media post.

A redshirt freshman, the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Savaiinaea was buried on the depth chart at tight end and made no appearances for UF in two seasons.

DT Keenan Landry

Florida redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Keenan Landry announced his decision to enter the transfer portal on social media.

A transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, the 6-foot-1, 305-pound Landry appeared in three games over two seasons at UF as a preferred walk on.

OL Jordan Herman

The 6-8, 371-pound Herman appeared in three games over two seasons of UF's offensive line after transferring in from Butler (Kan.) Community College before the start of the 2022 season.

DB Jadarrius Perkins

Perkins announced in September that he was entering the transfer portal for personal reasons. He finished his UF career with 36 tackles and an interception.

DB Jaydon Hill

Hill, who made 20 starts over the last two seasons for UF, ranked fourth on UF in tackles in 2023, with 39 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. In addition, Hill had 4 pass breakups and 1 fumble recovery.

Starting nine games at cornerback in 2022, Hill had two interceptions for UF, including one returned for a TD. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

OL Micah Mazzccuaa

A transfer from Baylor, the 6-foot-5, 325-pound Mazzccua started 11 of 12 games at right guard for the Florida Gators. He was suspended for a half by the SEC after throwing a punch at a Tennessee player in the closing seconds of UF's 29-16 win over the Vols.

Mazzccua was a solid run blocker in his lone season at UF but at times struggled in pass protection. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

LB Scooby Williams

Williams started 10 of 12 games at linebacker for the Florida Gators in 2023, finishing the year with 53 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack and two forced fumbles.

A former Top 100 national recruit, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Williams has two years of eligibility remaining. He finished his UF career with 70 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack and two forced fumbles.

OL Richie Leonard IV

Leonard announced earlier this month he will leave as a grad transfer and has committed to rival Florida State,

The 6-foot-2, 310-pound Leonard, from Cocoa, started all 12 games at left guard for UF in 2023 with a team-high 755 snaps on the offensive line. He also started one game at right guard during the 2022 season and was praised by offensive line coach Rob Sale for his high football IQ.

This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: An updated look at Florida football transfer tracker