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Florida transfer QB is heading to the 704
The biggest question heading into this off-season has far and away been, what will happen at quarterback via the portal. Biff Poggi alluded to the need to address this position, and they have.
Enter Max Brown, former Florida Gators Quarterback, who spent two seasons in Gainesville. After he redshirted in 2022, Brown earned the backup QB role behind Graham Mertz, and took over versus Mizzou after Mertz suffered a broken collarbone. When he replaced Mertz, he engineered 3 solid drives, ultimately lead the Gators to a touchdown and a field goal. His first drive ended in a fumble when attempting to a fake a handoff and the backs elbow hit the ball. His last full drive gave the Gators a lead with 1:34 remaining.
On the season Brown went 19-28 (67.9%) for 192 yards and 1 interception. Brown — a legitimate dual-threat athlete — threw for 2,750 yards, 41 passing touchdowns, and added 1,343 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns as a senior at Lincoln Christian School in Tulsa, OK. He ultimate chose Florida over Washington and was a consensus 3-star prospect.
Brown brings size and athleticism to the position, as well as some in-game experience in the SEC, and will have 3 years of eligibility remaining. On paper, this is a great get. He should fit into the system Biff wants to run with his ability to be a part in the run game.
Max Brown will join Mike Miller’s QB room that currently has: Carson Black, Deshawn Purdie (HS commit), Trexler Ivey and Steven Johnson. Ivey and Johnson are both walk-ons, and Black redshirted this year after a surgery on his non-throwing arm sidelined him. Ivey has more in-game experience than anyone, but lacked consistency.
What remains to be seen, is the staff looking to add more than one transfer quarterback in this cycle?