Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Florida Gators tight end Jordan Reed to enter NFL draft

GAINESVILLE — Tight end Jordan Reed, the Gators' leading receiver this season, announced Friday that he is skipping his senior season and entering the NFL draft.

Reed caught 45 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns in being named to the All-SEC first team. He joins safety Matt Elam and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who announced their intentions to leave after Wednesday's Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville.

"I feel that now is the right time to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL," Reed said in a statement.

"It's been a dream for all three of these players to pursue a career in the NFL, and now they are all getting a chance to realize that dream," coach Will Muschamp said.

UF now has only four scholarship tight ends on its roster: junior Clay Burton, junior Tevin Westbrook, sophomore Kent Taylor and redshirt freshman Colin Thompson.

Two other juniors — defensive lineman Dominique Easley and linebacker Jelani Jenkins — are still considering entering the draft.

Georgia star LB to leave

ATHENS, Ga. — All-America linebacker Jarvis Jones announced he won't return to Georgia for his senior season, a decision expected almost as soon as he announced a year ago he was returning to the Bulldogs. He is projected to be one of the top picks after leading Division I-A with 14½ sacks, 24½ tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles despite missing two games with injuries. "I look forward to seeing what the next level holds for me," he said in a statement.

Others entering draft: Three LSU starters — safety Eric Reid, cornerback Tharold Simon and running back Spencer Ware — and punter Brad Wing declared. Syracuse tackle Justin Pugh, a three-time All-Big East selection, and Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, an All-Big Ten first-team selection this season, also declared.

Alabama: Coach Nick Saban has sent home freshman backup linebackers Dillon Lee and Ryan Anderson from the BCS championship game in Miami for violating curfew.

South Carolina: Doctors called starting QB Connor Shaw's surgery for sprained left foot successful, but he won't take part in spring workouts.

Montana to Tulane: Nick Montana, son of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, signed a letter of intent with Tulane. He spent one season at Washington and one at Mount San Antonio junior college in Walnut, Calif. He can play in the fall and has two seasons of eligibility.

Florida Gators tight end Jordan Reed to enter NFL draft 01/04/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 5, 2013 12:19am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Gerald McCoy feels under appreciated, says line was crossed


    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is mad as hell and he's not taking it any more.

    Ever since the Bucs made Gerald McCoy the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, he has struggled to overcome the shadow cast by Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp.
  2. HomeTeam 100: Players 41-50


    Bulldog QB Charles Harrison III, (12) during the fourth quarter of the Zephyrhills at Nature Coast High School football game on Friday, 11/11/16.
  3. Lake Tarpon bass tournament still going strong after nearly 40 years (w/video)


    Matt Smith, left, and Gary Muchler, work to bring a large mouth bass into Smith's bass boat with only minutes to spare while fishing off Dolly Bay in Lake Tarpon during the Lake Tarpon Tuesday Night Bass Fishing Tournament on Tuesday (7/18/17). The fish sealed second place for the duo.
  4. Rays series preview: Who are the Orioles?


    After the Rangers swept them over the weekend, the Rays won't have much time to rest, with 14 games scheduled for the next 14 days. The second half of their homestand begins tonight against the Orioles. Here's the information you need to know about Baltimore before the action kicks off.

    Starter Wade Miley has melted down after a hot start.
  5. Sergio Romo celebrates striking out Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers to win Game Four of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park in 2012.