Florida first-year head coach Billy Napier has made it abundantly clear that he does not view age or experience as barriers when evaluating whether or not one of his players is ready for game reps, adding that he anticipated having several true freshmen filling at least key reserve roles, if not more, this season.
It’s something that has held true as the Gators have already had six players exceed the four-game redshirt limit, two players who are likely to play in their fourth game of the season this week and another who could exceed four games by the end of the season.
“I think anybody in our building would tell you those guys are really good players,” Napier said earlier this year. “The cool thing is, they’re mature, and they’re smart enough to handle it. You’re talking about Devin Moore, Etienne, Shemar James. I can’t imagine. Those guys had the maturity, the intelligence plus the talent. They’re future leaders in the program, those three guys. They’re going to be phenomenal. They’re going to contribute to our team in a lot of different ways.”
In 2018, the NCAA introduced a rule change that allowed freshmen to see action in up to four games and still redshirt, thus maintaining their status as freshmen. This is a look at which Florida freshmen are likely to use a year of eligibility versus those who are more likely to preserve their freshman status. Each player’s name will have the number of games played in parenthesis next to it.
The players who have already exceeded the redshirt limit are still listed as we will continue to track their freshman-season progress.