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Florida Football: 5 Newcomers to Watch for the Gators

Florida Football: 5 Newcomers to Watch for the Gators

Florida Football: 5 Newcomers to Watch for the Gators

After finishing with 10 and 11 wins during his first two years in Gainesville, expectations are at an all-time high for the Florida Gators and head coach Dan Mullen in 2020. As they prepare for the start of spring football, the Gators have added some exciting talent to their roster, including a dual-threat quarterback from Gainesville and a Miami Hurricanes transfer in the backfield.

Florida not only will return their starting quarterback to end the season in Kyle Trask, but they will also have significant playmakers back, including tight end Kyle Pitts and wide receiver Kadarius Toney. Before their spring session gets started, let's take a look at the top newcomers in the Gators' 2020 class:

Lorenzo Lingard, RB

Lamical Perine departed after rushing for a team-leading 676 yards and six touchdowns, so Florida has to fill his void somehow. That's why the Gators getting Lingard through the transfer portal was a huge deal.

Lingard is a former Miami Hurricane and five-star prospect in the Class of 2018. In his first season with the Hurricanes, Lingard played in six games before suffering a leg injury that derailed his freshman season. He finished with just 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

In his sophomore season, Lingard suffered a knee injury that limited him to just two games. If he is healthy and eligible, Lingard could provide the Gators with a significant boost next season.

Jordan Pouncey, WR

Florida could use some depth at receiver after Van Jefferson, Tyrie Cleveland, Freddie Swain, and Josh Hammond all departing during the offseason. So the Gators added Pouncey to help with the inexperience at the position.

Previously, Pouncey played at Texas, where he didn't get a lot of significant playing time with only two receptions for 19 yards in two seasons. Florida should provide him with more of an opportunity to play right away, especially as a grad transfer. In case you were wondering, yes, Pouncey is the second cousin of former Florida Gators and NFL twin brothers Maurkice (Steelers) and Mike (Chargers) Pouncey.

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Jordan's brother Ethan also committed to the Gators as a cornerback out of Winter Park, Florida, and arrived on campus this spring as an early enrollee.

Joshua Braun, OL

Florida's offensive line received a big boost when in-state prospect Braun decided to sign with the Gators after finishing high school early in December. Braun even practiced with the team before their Orange Bowl victory over Virginia.

The 6-foot-6, 356-pound lineman from Live Oak, Florida, played both guard and tackle in high school for Suwannee. With him getting into the program early, expect Braun to get snaps as a freshman.

Rashad Torrence II, S

Florida has rotated a number of freshmen in the secondary throughout the years, and Torrence shouldn't be any different. He was a four-star prospect according to 247Sports after registering 111 tackles, an interception, two forced fumbles, and seven passes defended as a senior at Marietta (Ga.) High School.

Like Braun, Torrence enrolled early to get a start to his Gator career. The decision to enroll early might mean he could see some opportunities during the spring.

Anthony Richardson, QB

Although the Gators appear to be set at quarterback with Trask and Emory Jones, the team decided to add more depth with the signing of Richardson. Playing for Eastside High School in Gainesville, Richardson passed for 4,633 passing yards and 37 touchdowns and rushed for 1,633 yards and 41 touchdowns during his four-year career. He was also a four-star recruit according to 247Sports.

Richardson won't likely see much playing time in 2020, but he could potentially be a threat to become the Gators starter after Trask leaves following the season.

— Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. Staley has written for Bleacher Report, the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post and is a reporter for Pro Player Insiders. Follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.