The Gators’ thinnest position just got even thinner.
Linebacker Matt Rolin has elected to leave the Florida football team, as confirmed by Coach McElwain at today’s press conference. He has the option to transfer to another school, or continue to take classes at Florida and graduate while taking a medical hardship waiver.
Originally a four star commit from the Virginia side of Washington, DC, Rolin flipped from South Carolina to Florida due to his relationship with Will Muschamp. But injuries plagued him early and often, beginning in his senior year of high school, and he was never quite able to stay healthy. Despite being referred to as a possible contributor at linebacker this year, worries about his health have always lingered, and so while there’s no denying his talent, one has to wonder just how much he would have been able to participate.
Without Rolin, Florida’s linebacker corps is down to Jarrad Davis, Daniel McMillian, Alex Anzalone, Jeremiah Moon, Kylan Johnson and David Reese. So it’s easy to see why losing him hurts from a depth perspective.
Regardless, Rolin seems like a good, smart kid, and so I wish him nothing but the best of luck going forward.