Many believed that Florida edge rusher Princely Umanmielen would leave the program for the NFL. However, Umanmielen has announced that he will instead be entering the transfer portal.
“I want to start off by thanking God, because without the Lord I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today. I would like to thank Coach Mullen for the opportunity of being a Gator, and Coach Napier for embracing me when he came in as the new HC. I want to thank all of my teammates that I’ve went through battles with throughout the years and I would also like to thank my coaches that have supported me. Lastly, I would like to thank the Gator fans that have supported me throughout my career as a Gator.”
“After a lot of thought, prayers, and conversations, I would like to state that I will be returning to college football, but I will be entering my name in the transfer portal. We all must do what is best for us and I think this is what is best for me at the time. Thank you, Gator Nation. #Gator 4L”
Umanmielen started all 12 games this season, leading the team with career-high tackles-for-loss (11.5), sacks (7.0), quarterback hurries (17) and tied his career high in tackles (39). Umanmielen was tabbed to both the Coaches All-SEC Second Team and the Associated Press All-SEC Second Team for the 2023 season.
Despite this announcement, Princely hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of returning to Florida. On “X” (formerly Twitter), Umanmielen responded with, “Yes,” to a post from @OurTwoBits, inquiring if he “would consider coming back depending on the coaches we (Florida) hire for the defensive side of the ball.”