Florida sees key special teams player enter the transfer portal, per report
Florida will reportedly have a shakeup to its special teams depth with the news that long snapper Marco Ortiz has entered the transfer portal.
The news was reported by Gators Online, as Ortiz is a redshirt junior who has missed most of the 2022 season because of a shoulder injury. The absence would allow him to have 2 years of eligibility left at his new school.
Ortiz enrolled at Florida in 2018. He didn’t play and took a redshirt that season. He made his collegiate debut in 2019 in a win over Vanderbilt and was named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. Ortiz became the starting long snapper prior to the 2021 season.
Prior to the start of the 2022 season, Ortiz was named to the Patrick Mannelly Award Watch List, which recognizes the best long snapper in the nation.
Swamp247 reported that since Ortiz earned his bachelor’s degree in health education and behavior in the spring, he’s eligible to enter the portal immediately.
With Ortiz having entered the portal, effectively ending his season, the Gators are expected to continue using backup Rocco Underwood in the starting role at the position, which they have done since Week 2.