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Florida’s Matt Rolin no longer with Gators

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Florida linebacker Matt Rolin is no longer with the Gators, as reported by Inside the Gators and Zach Abolverdi of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution among others, and confirmed by the team itself.

Rolin, a redshirt junior from Virginia, could transfer to a different school or take a medical hardship waiver and complete his academic career at Florida, with the latter outcome standing as far more likely.

Rolin flipped from South Carolina to Florida in December 2012, becoming a member of a vaunted class of linebackers that would eventually include the highly-touted Alex Anzalone and Daniel McMillian, as well as the lesser-known Jarrad Davis. But he had torn an ACL late in his high school career, and then re-tore it in August 2013, forcing him to begin his Florida career on the shelf.

He never quite got off of it. Rolin didn’t play at all in 2014 as a redshirt freshman, thanks largely to nagging injuries, then appeared only in three of Florida’s final four games in 2015, recording seven solo tackles in the SEC Championship Game and a pair of tackles against Michigan.

While Rolin could likely have been a useful reserve at linebacker for Florida in 2016, he was not often mentioned as a presumed key contributor at the position going forward, with Davis and Anzalone entrenched as Florida’s likely starters and some of the younger players behind him thought of as better options.

We wish Rolin the best in the remainder of his collegiate career, whether it will involve football or not.