Kamar Wilcoxson leaves UF, intends to transfer
Florida defensive back Kamar Wilcoxson is no longer part of the UF football program, multiple sources confirmed to Swamp247.
Wilcoxson was absent from practice Tuesday due to an undisclosed disciplinary issue before the program opted to part ways with Wilcoxson. Wilcoxson was not on Florida’s updated depth chart, released Wednesday after practice ended.
The 6-foot-1, 183 defensive back signed up for Florida ahead of the 2020 season after being reclassified from the 2021 class, and he would make a lone appearance in the COVID-shortened regular season in Florida’s contest with Missouri . Wilcoxson would return to the field in the Cotton Bowl loss to Oklahoma before redshirting and entering the 2021 campaign as a redshirt rookie. In Dan Mullen’s final season with the program, Wilcoxson again played just one game, albeit due to an injury early in the season, causing him to miss the majority of the year for the second consecutive season. .
He entered the 2022 campaign, his third season with the program, looking to carve out a role for himself in UF’s defensive back rotation, but Wilcoxson found himself behind several players in the rotation. Prior to parting ways with the program, Wilcoxson had appeared in two games this season, in Florida’s win over Eastern Washington and the 26-16 loss to Kentucky in the second week of the season.
A four-star prospect and No. 301 overall in the 2020 class in 247Sports’ composite rankings, Wilcoxson must wait until Dec. 5 before entering his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal due to the revamped transfer window.
Earlier Wednesday during the SEC conference call, the Florida coach Billy Napier discussed transfer portal windows and their effect on college football, saying the Gators expect to be active in the portal in the upcoming offseason after roster attrition.
“Depending on where you are as a program, if you have more stability, there are advantages over minimal turnover,” Napier said during his weekly appearance on the SEC coaching conference call Wednesday. “I think having defined time windows is a good thing. I think the biggest thing is that most coaches would probably tell you that the longer that window is, the less certainty there is. I think we all sleep better when this portal closes. And obviously, if you need a player, that creates a lot of opportunities. So I think it’s good and bad.”
At the end of spring camp, Napier compared the decisions players have to make in the offseason to NFL free agency, where players have the option of heading elsewhere for a bigger role. It’s a reality of the current setup for coaches to prepare for, and Napier is aware that addition happens after subtraction. Gators Rejected Brenton Cox Jr. of the team on Monday in what Napier called a “cumulative effect” rather than the result of any particular incident with Cox, while the offensive lineman Josh Brown chose to leave the team in mid-October to preserve his redshirt. Earlier this summer, the Gators removed three players from the roster in Fenley Graham, Chris Thomas Jr. and Mordecai McDanielalthough Thomas later joined the team before fall camp.
“I think there are a lot of parallels with the decision-making part of the process if that makes sense,” he said in May. “You have a chance to go there, players become available through free agency in the National Football League and you sit there as owner, general manager, head coach, the management of each team has to make decisions in the best interest of the team Do you need a player in a certain position?