GAINESVILLE -- Florida officially welcomed 13 mid-year enrollees -- including a dozen freshmen -- on Monday.
The Gators updated their spring roster, as four-star quarterback Feleipe Franks was the last player to arrive on campus after playing in Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl in Texas.
UF also confirmed the addition of graduate transfer quarterback Austin Appleby, formally of Purdue.
After Florida’s 41-7 blowout loss to Michigan in the Citrus Bowl, coach Jim McElwain already had an eye on the future, saying, “We’ve got a bunch of guys coming in here at the break. Just know, we’ve got some good guys coming. Lots. Believe me, I’m excited as heck.”
UF's baker's dozen of mid-year enrollees is reportedly the most in school history.
The complete list:
QB Feleipe Franks
QB Austin Appleby (graduate transfer)
QB Kyle Trask
RB Mark Thompson (JUCO)
WR Joshua Hammond
WR Freddy Swain
WR ‘Dre Massey (JUCO)
OL Stone Forsythe
DE Jordan Smith
LB David Reese
DB Chauncey Gardner
DB McArthur Burnett
K Eddy Pineiro
Florida checked in at No. 25 in the final AP and Coaches Poll.
The Gators (10-4) finished the season on a dispiriting three-game losing streak -- getting throttled a combined 97-24 against Florida State, Alabama and Michigan.
Florida climbed as high as No. 8 in the AP poll after upsetting then-No. 3 Ole Miss and moving to 6-0. But the Gators mostly treaded water the second-half of the season, going just 4-4 down the stretch.
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