UF’s Richardson, Torrence and Dexter declare for 2023 NFL Draft

Florida star QB Anthony Richardson has declared for the 2023 NFL Draft.

Florida will be without its three best players when it takes on Oregon State at the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17. Quarterback Anthony Richardson, offensive guard O’Cyrus Torrence and defensive tackle Gervon Dexter have declared for the 2023 NFL Draft.

The Gators won’t have WR Justin Shorter, either, as he declared several days ago. Richardson and Dexter made their announcements this morning.

Richardson started all 12 games for UF this season. He completed 176-of-327 passes (53.8%) for 2,549 yards with a 17/9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Richardson also had 654 rushing yards, nine TDs and a 6.3 yards-per-carry average.

As a redshirt freshman in 2021, Richardson connected on 38-of-64 throws (59.4%) for 529 yards with a 6/5 TD-INT ratio. He ran for 401 yards and three TDs with a 7.9 YPC average.

For his career that lasted three seasons, the Gainesville native completed 54.7 percent of his passes for 3,105 yards with a 24/15 TD-INT ratio. Richardson also ran for 1,116 yards and 12 TDs while averaging 6.9 YPC.

Without Richardson and with backup QB Jalen Kitna dismissed from the program last week, Ohio St. transfer QB Jack Miller will most likely make his first career start against the Beavers, who are listed as nine-point favorites over UF at most betting shops. The total is as low as 52 points at some spots and as high as 53 at others.

Miller, a four-star recruit coming out of high school, hasn’t taken a snap this season. He injured his thumb in mid-August and wasn’t 100-percent healthy until late October. By that time, Kitna had performed well enough to secure the No. 2 spot behind Richardson.

Miller played in four games for the Buckeyes in 2021, completing 7-of-14 passes for 101 yards.

Dexter has started 25 games in a row for UF in the last two seasons. He contributed 50 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and one interception this year. Dexter had 50 tackles with 4.5 TFL’s, 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries as a true sophomore in 2021.

He played in 10 games as a freshman in 2020, recording 20 tackles, two TFL’s, 0.5 sacks and one interception. For his career, Dexter produced 120 tackles, 10.5 TFL’s, five sacks, two interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Torrence was UF’s best offensive lineman is in his lone season at UF after following Billy Napier to Gainesville from the University of Louisiana. In fact, according to Pro Football Focus, he was the nation’s highest graded offensive guard.

Torrence will likely be named a first-team All-American in the coming days.

UF finished the regular season with a 6-6 straight-up record and a 7-5 against-the-spread mark.

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