Bad news is said to frequently come in threes, and for Florida football over the past 24 hours, that has certainly been the case as a third student-athlete has officially declared for the NFL draft
Anthony Richardson, a redshirt sophomore, said on Twitter that he will skip using up the rest of his college eligibility and instead declare for the 2023 NFL draft.
Richardson joins offensive lineman O'Cyrus Torrence and senior defensive lineman Gervon Dexter Sr. in declaring their plan to test their skills at the next level. This brings the total to four.
The first Gator to declare for the draft was wide receiver Justin Shorter, who made his statement on last Thursday.
The hometown boy from Eastside High in Gainesville offered the following open letter to his fans on his personal Twitter account.
Over the course of his three years on school, the 6-foot-4-inch, 232-pound signal-caller played in 22 different games, completing 215 of 393 pass attempts (54.7%) for 3,105 yards and 24 touchdowns against 15 interceptions.
In addition, Richardson rushed for 1,116 yards on 161 carries (6.3 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns.
Despite having only average stats, the multi-talented quarterback is regarded by many as a first-round pick due to his exceptional athleticism.
Once the workouts and combines start, he will have plenty of chance to persuade the pro scouts of his value in more detail.