A few days after the report of three Florida Gators football players no longer being with the program, another name has decided to move on from the team. According to 247Sports sources, Florida running back Demarkcus Bowman has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.
Bowman decided to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal after one year with the Clemson Tigers, the school he signed with out of high school. He enrolled at Clemson in August of 2020, and chose to transfer from the program a few months later in October. He appeared in two games for Clemson and accounted for only 9 rushing attempts and 32 yards.
In his lone season at UF, Bowman appeared in four games, with 14 carries for 81 yards. With this being his second time entering the NCAA Transfer Portal, Bowman will have to sit out a year at his next school of choice.
The Gators recently parted ways with wide receiver Fenley Graham, safety Mordecai McDaniel, and defensive lineman Christopher Thomas. One source told Swamp247’s Brett DioGuardi that the team’s decision to part ways with the aforementioned players was not based on performance but rather each player’s individual buy-in and how they Assimilated to head Coach Billy Napier’s desired culture for his program, which players are strictly asked to adhere to. It is not clear if Bowman’s situation is related.
Despite its most recent trimmings, the Gators’ Scholarship roster remains above the 85 Scholarship limit, although certain NCAA rules might allow it to proceed without further cuts. In addition to Graham, McDaniel and Thomas’ departures, quarterbacks Emory Jones (Arizona State) and Carlos Del Rio Wilson (Syracuse) and defensive lineman Lamar Goods (Northern Colorado) transferred away from the program.
The Gators also have a running back room with plenty of potential as they still have junior Lorenzo Lingard, sophomore Nay’Quan Wright and Montrell Johnson and true freshman Trevor Etienne in the fold. However, Bowman was viewed as an explosive back with plenty of promise. As such, it will be critical for Florida to fill his roster spot through 2023 recruiting.
Florida’s running back room received a Talent infusion over the offseason with the additions of 2021 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year running back Montrell Johnson and 2022 four-star back Trevor Etienne, who is expected to join the program over the summer. The Gator running back room appeared to be among the team’s strongest in the spring thanks to consistently impressive performances from junior Lorenzo Lingard and Johnson while sophomore Nay’Quan Wright rehabbed an ankle injury and participated in a limited capacity, although he is expected to be recovered by the spring.
The 247Sports Composite, an industry generated average, ranked Bowman as the Nation’s No. 20 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting class and ranked him as the No. 3 running back in the 2020 class.