May 19, 2024

Florida Gators Lose Another Defensive Back to Transfer Portal

Another member of the Florida Gators’ defensive unit has opted to enter the NCAA transfer portal, this time hailing from the ranks of defensive backs. Ethan Pouncey, a cornerback, has decided to explore transfer options after spending five years with the program, as reported by Jacob Rudner of 247Sports.

Pouncey, a highly regarded four-star recruit from Winter Park (Fla.) High School in 2020, had limited playing time during his tenure in Gainesville. His debut season in 2020 saw no game appearances, as he took advantage of the NCAA’s eligibility extension due to the COVID-19 pandemic to redshirt.

In the subsequent season as a redshirt freshman in 2021, Pouncey’s involvement increased slightly with 11 appearances in 13 games, predominantly in a reserve capacity, but he managed only four tackles.

However, injuries and the emergence of new talents led to a decrease in Pouncey’s role in 2022, where he made just three appearances and tallied two tackles, earning another redshirt. His contributions dwindled further in the following season, failing to see any game time.

Interestingly, Pouncey’s older brother, Jordan, who transferred from Texas as a wide receiver in the same recruiting class, concluded his collegiate career after the 2022 season. Additionally, the Pouncey brothers share a familial connection with UF icons Maurkice and Mike Pouncey, being their second cousins.

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Pouncey’s departure adds to the list of scholarship losses for Florida post-spring, alongside linebacker Mannie Nunnery. With the reclassification of offensive lineman Enoch Wangoy to the 2024 class, the team found itself exceeding the 85-scholarship limit. Pouncey’s decision to transfer now brings them back within the permissible limit.

However, if Florida intends to make further moves during the ongoing spring portal period, they’ll need at least one more departure to stay compliant with scholarship regulations.

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