NCAA denies eligibility waivers for 2 former Florida linemen
A pair of former Florida linemen got disappointing news on Thursday. The NCAA denied immediate eligibility waivers for offensive linemen Chris Bleich and Issiah Walker Jr who transferred to ACC schools.
Bleich entered the NCAA transfer portal during the 2019 season, a surprise move for a lineman who had started eight of the team’s first nine games. When Mullen was asked about Bleich’s decision, he said the right guard had family issues at home.
The former 3-star class of 2018 prospect transferred to Syracuse.
“To all the fans that showed endless support of me since I got here I want to say thank you to each and everyone of you for all your words of encouragement to me in these tough times. But sadly, today I was informed my waiver was denied by the NCAA,” Bleich wrote Thursday on his Twitter account.
Walker was a 4-star class of 2020 signing. He early enrolled at UF and participated in offseason workouts. While back home in Miami on COVID-19 quarantine, Walker announced in May that he would be transferring to the hometown Hurricanes. On Thursday, 247Sports reports that Walker’s request for an immediate eligibility waiver was denied.
Miami got the news just hours before its season-opener. The Hurricanes host UAB. The game is set for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff, airing on the ACC Network.