Florida quarterback Max Brown has announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal, first reported by On3’s Hayes Fawcett.
Brown expressed his gratitude via social media, saying, “I want to thank God for allowing me to continue to play the game I love. I would like to thank the University of Florida, Coach Napier, and Coach O’Hara for the opportunity to be a Gator. I would also like to thank my teammates and Gator Nation.”
In the last game of the season, a 24-15 loss to Florida State, Brown made his first career start. He completed 9-of-16 passes for 86 yards, with an interception and no touchdowns.
Originally a three-star prospect in the 2022 recruiting class, Brown still has three years of eligibility remaining after redshirting last season. Prior to joining Florida in Billy Napier’s initial 2022 recruting class, Brown spent two seasons as Lincoln Christian’s (Oklahoma) starting quarterback, where he amassed 4,416 passing yards and 68 passing touchdowns. Brown earned the title of Oklahoma District 3-3A MVP during his senior year. He achieved this by throwing for 2,750 yards and 41 touchdowns, as well as accumulating an impressive 1,343 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. During that season, Brown led his high school team to an outstanding 13-1 overall record and finished as the runner-up in the 3A state championship.
Considering Graham Mertz’s likely return to Florida and the commitment of five-star 2024 quarterback DJ, who plans to enroll early, it seemed unlikely that Brown would see much playing time in the 2024 season and beyond.