Marty Mornhinweg

Florida Gators lose QB Mornhinweg to Ivy League

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Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson recently visited the Florida Gators, according to previous reports, as he evaluates his potential transfer options. It turns out the Gators have a bit more of a need at quarterback than initially expected.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced on a conference call Wednesday morning that quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg has transferred to Columbia, of the Ivy League. This leaves the Gators with just two scholarship quarterbacks in 2015. Earlier this offseason Jeff Driskel transferred to Louisiana TechWill Grier and Treon Harris were each Class of 2014 recruits and now represent the only scholarship players under center on Florida’s depth chart. Harris was the only one of the two to see any playing time in 2014, appearing in nine games and completing 49.5 percent of his pass attempts for 1,109 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions.

Mornhinweg, the son of Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach Marty Mornhinweg, was a three-star recruit in Florida’s Class of 2012, but at times did not play well with others. The Philadelphia area product (Saint Joseph’s Prep) will now play for a head coach who was a regular on the college football scene in the City of Brotherly Love, Al Bagnoli. Bagnoli was the longtime head coach of the Penn Quakers. After retiring, Penn named a new head coach and kept Bagnoli in the university’s athletic department but the itch to coach was still there. Columbia hired Bagnoli with the hopes of being able to turn the program around. Perhaps adding a quarterback he was likely pretty familiar with through high school will help.

Florida did not add any quarterback recruits on scholarship in the Class of 2015 and have yet to land a commitment for the position in the Class of 2016.