Florida football saw another one of its ranks depart on Wednesday. This time it is redshirt senior tight end Kemore Gamble, who declared his intent to enter the transfer portal on his Twitter account after toying with the idea of entering the 2022 NFL draft.
“It’s been a blessing to attend the University of Florida to play football and receive a degree from this special place. I want to thank God for giving me the strength to overcome the obstacles that I have experienced during the past four years. In addition, I could not have done this without the courage of my parents Keiva, Charles (Peto) and Jerome. I’d also like to thank Mr. Taft and David Cooney, who taught me to see the brighter side of life. Finally, I would like to thank Coach Mullen, Coach Scott and Coach Brewster for helping make me a better player and man. Also, Paul and the training staff for keeping me healthy throughout my hears here.
I have a huge opportunity to enter the 2022 NFL Draft. But after lots of prayer and talking with my parents and loved ones, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal for my last year of eligibility.”
🙏🏾 (@kemoregamble15) January 12, 2022
Gamble had massive shoes to fill taking over for once-in-a-generation athlete Kyle Pitts, who set the bar atmospherically high during his 2020 campaign in Gainesville. The 6-foot-4-inch, 248-pound tight end did not quite live up to his predecessor’s standard but did turn in a tidy performance this past season, leading the team at his position with 31 receptions and 414 yards per catch — both third-best on the team overall — along with a team-high (tied with receiver Jacob Copeland) four touchdown receptions.
The Gators look to Keon Zipperer, who will be a fourth-year senior next season, to take over as the leader of the tight end room with incoming sophomores Gage Wilcox, Nick Elksnis and Jonathan Odom filling in the depth. Florida has also received a commitment from 2022 four-star prep prospect Tony Livingston, who played both sides of the line in high school but is being recruited by Billy Napier and his staff as a tight end.