Gators WR Raphael Andrades leaves team

Despite still being enrolled in classes at the University of Florida, wide receiver Raphael Andrades has apparently left the team. Andrades no longer appears on UF’s official roster, a discovery that was first made by Rivals’ Gators site, InsideTheGators.com. ITG also received additional confirmation from UF that Andrades had indeed parted ways with the program.

It’s not a particularly damaging loss for Florida stats wise, as Andrades’ career has consisted of two catches for five yards, both in 2012. One of those was a bubble screen that gained nothing against Kentucky, and the other one was a five yard out route against Vanderbilt- games that Florida won with relative ease. (I say relative ease because, well, nothing was really easy under Will Muschamp.) Since then, his lone contribution has been one tackle on special teams last year.

This isn’t to say Andrades has been a bust, really, as injuries have plagued the former three star receiver since his freshman year. And you can’t blame him for it. But that said, Florida will be fine without him, having just hauled in a wide receiver class that includes Tyrie Cleveland, Josh Hammond and Freddie Swain. Oh yeah, and they also return star wideout Antonio Callaway, explosive slot man Brandon Powell and promising junior-to-be CJ Worton.

I, of course, wish Andrades nothing but the best in whatever he does next (and InsideTheGators indicated that this could be baseball, but who knows?) in life. Everybody who knew him had nothing but good things to say about him. It’s just that losing him doesn’t hurt the team in the least.

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  1. I wonder how anyone could characterize Worton as “promising” when he has caught only SIX passes in his two years at UF.It seems that some folks still cling to a single play. The same thing was said last year about Fulwood, after his single play in the bowl game. Also, there’s nothing “explosive” about Brandon Powell. It was pretty strange for McElwain to take him to the SEC Media days last year, over many more players that were more deserving, like Kelvin Taylor, for example. But McElwain had an agenda, and talked incessantly about Powell being a “go to” guy. It turns out that Powell was fairly mediocre last year. Andrades was never expected to be any good anyway. No one wanted him and UF only took him because they struck out on receivers, except for Latroy Pittman.
    As for the five new receivers, we’ll see. But UF signed another group of five in 2013 that were just as touted, and, so far, Demarcus Robinson is the only one that lived up to the hype.He was a very gifted receiver, but had a two cent head. The other four, one never even played at Florida, have been extremely disappointing, even though they have all the measurements, size, and speed.

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