It's official: The Florida offense will have a new quarterback next season.
Anthony Richardson, who started all 12 games for the Gators this year, announced via his Twitter account Monday that he plans to declare for the NFL Draft.
As a result, Richardson will not suit up when Florida faces Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17.
Richardson, a redshirt sophomore in 2022, took over as Florida's full-time starter behind center this season. He got off to a blazing start, passing for 168 yards and rushing for 106 and three touchdowns in the Gators' upset of Utah in Week One.
However, he and the rest of the Florida team stumbled a bit down the stretch, as the Gators lost four of their final six games of the season.
Richardson's playmaking ability has never been in doubt. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound athlete passed for 2,549 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for another 654 yards and nine scores this season.
He will need to improve his accuracy as a passer at the next level, though, as he completed just 53.8 percent of his throws and threw nine interceptions on the year.
With the departure of Richardson, Florida won't have a quarterback on its roster next season who has attempted a pass in a Gator uniform. Jalen Kitna, who served as Richardson's backup and appeared in four games, was dismissed from the team last week after he was arrested on charges of possession child pornography.
Look for second-year coach Billy Napier to recruit the transfer portal hard as a result. He should have no shortage of options. College football players, and particularly quarterbacks, have flooded into the portal on Monday, the first day of the NCAA transfer window. As of this writing, nearly 350 FBS players have entered the portal on Monday alone.