Florida junior offensive tackle D.J. Humphries announced Sunday night that he would leave Florida to enter the 2015 NFL Draft.
GATOR NATION This has been the best 3 years of my life. But now, I feel it's time to move on! I'll always be a gator for LIFE! #FairwellUF— D.J. Humphries (@CashOutHump) January 5, 2015
That typo aside, it's likely a good decision for Humphries, who possesses size that can't be taught, feet that probably need to be, and an injury history that would have made sticking around for a senior season a risky decision.
It's bad news for the Gators, who will be perilously green and thin up front in 2015, with only Trip Thurman and Roderick Johnson returning from Florida's 2014 rotation, and a host of reserves who have no collegiate snaps behind them. But we wish Humphries the best of luck in making good on his Twitter handle.
Humphries wasn't the only five-star North Carolina product turned Gator to announce his future plans in the last 24 hours, though. And the other guy gave Florida better news.
On Monday, defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard announced he would return to Gainesville for his senior season with the Gators.
And aside from Bullard's own typo, this counts as a fantastic development for Florida. Bullard would likely have been drafted late in the 2015 NFL Draft had he chosen to leave, thanks to his versatility and ability, but he will be Florida's most polished and experienced defensive lineman in 2015. And Bullard might be able to move around on a line that may not need him to line up as often at the defensive tackle position where he has moonlit for the last two seasons.
For a unit that projects to have plenty of depth, but few outstanding playmakers, in the wake of Dante Fowler, Jr.'s early entry into the NFL, Bullard's presence will be significant.