GAINESVILLE -- Florida’s depth continues to dwindle.
The Gators, already perilously thin at offensive line and linebacker, now have just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster after backup Skyler Mornhinweg's transfer to Columbia.
Coach Jim McElwain announced the move Wednesday, leaving UF with only redshirt freshman Will Grier and sophomore Treon Harris on the depth chart.
"We wish [Mornhinweg] the best,” McElwain said on the SEC Teleconference.
“We'd love to have him stay here. … Moving forward, as you guys all know, that position, especially in this league now, you need to have some depth, so we're constantly looking at that spot.”
Mornhinweg is the fifth quarterback -- Jeff Driskel, Tyler Murphy, Jacoby Brissett and Max Staver -- to leave the program since 2013.
An unheralded three-star recruit from Philadelphia, Mornhinweg started UF’s final three games in 2013, all losses. He finished his career with 344 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Even before Mornhinweg's exit, the Gators were already on the market for potential quarterback transfers. Still, the latest deflection leaves them truly scrambling for some much-needed depth.
UF reportedly hosted Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson on Tuesday, but McElwain wouldn’t comment on the meeting and Florida isn’t considered the favorite to land the the one-year rental signal caller.
"Per NCAA rules, he's a prospective student-athlete, so I can't really comment on that part," McElwain said.
"Obviously him mentioning us is something that's exciting.”
Golson is reportedly on a Southern tour doing his due diligence with multiple schools, including Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Alabama.
Although UF's remaining options are thin, help could still be on the way.
Oregon State’s Luke Del Rio -- the son of former Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio -- has long been rumored to transfer to Florida this summer. The journeyman quarterback originally signed with Alabama in 2013 and would be reuniting with coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
Meanwhile, 247Sports reported earlier this week that Vanderbilt graduate quarterback/Swiss Army Knife wideout Josh Grady is also seeking a waiver to transfer to Florida.
“We look every single day to try and better the organization,” McElwain said.
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