Napier praises transferring Carlos Del Rio-Wilson, vows to help move on

Quarterback Carlos Del Rio-Wilson announced his decision to transfer from the University of Florida on Tuesday, but there aren’t any hard feelings from the coaching staff. In fact, head coach Billy Napier is being quite supportive of the move, according to a report from 247Sports.

“I think he just observed spring practice and felt like a change of scenery would be good for him in terms of competing and finding an opportunity to play,” Napier said. “And I can relate to that. I was a quarterback, and you want to play. You want it to be your team at some point. I respect that decision and we’re fully supportive and help him with everything he can do going forward.”

Napier described Del Rio-Wilson as “first-class” with a strong work ethic. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him thrive elsewhere, but the timeline at Florida wasn’t going to work out. The Gators added quarterback Jack Miller through the portal over the offseason and he quickly took over the backup role behind starter Anthony Richardson.

Florida also signed three-star recruit Max Brownand has Jalen Kitna on scholarship. Even with Emory Jones heading out, UF was looking at having five quarterbacks on the roster had Del Rio-Wilson not entered the portal. He and Kitna redshirted last year, so their eligibility clocks are now ticking.

Because Florida has the depth it needs for the season at quarterback and is looking to add another in the class of 2023, Napier said that the Gators would not be looking to add another name to the room during the spring transfer period.


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