Evan McPherson, one of the most reliable kickers in Florida history, is skipping his final season and declaring for the NFL draft.
McPherson is coming off his least efficient season among his three in Gainesville. The Alabama native ended his college career hitting 51 of 60 field-goal attempts, or 85%. McPherson was 17 of 22 in 2020, including a miss from 51 yards at the end of a 37-34 loss Dec. 12 at home to LSU.
McPherson announced his NFL decision on Twitter, leaving the Gators without a scholarship kicker on the roster.
“My family and I have put much time, thought, and prayer into this decision,” McPherson wrote on Twitter. “It has been a lifelong dream of mine to play football at the highest level.
“The memories I have from playing in the Swamp I will forever cherish. I have played with the best teammates in the world. I’m proud to call each and every one of them my brothers.”
Alex McPherson, Evan’s younger brother, is committed to Florida but as a member of the 2022 class. The current kicking options are redshirt senior Chris Howard or redshirt freshman Zack Sessa, a preferred walk-on who transferred from Georgia Southern.
UF coach Dan Mullen has mined the transfer portal in the past to address rosters needs or could sign a kicker during the regular signing period in February.