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Richard Gouraige Thanks Florida Gators, Officially Enters NFL Draft

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Florida offensive tackle Richard Gouraige made his plans for the longer term official on Monday evening, announcing that he’ll forgo his final season of school eligibility and enter the 2023 NFL Draft.

Gouraige accepted an invite to the Reese’s Senior Bowl last Monday, all but confirming his intention to go pro this offseason.

“It has been a real blessing to be an element of the Florida Gator Football Program over the past five years while earning my degree from such an excellent academic institution,” Gouraige wrote.

“I would love to thank my mom for showing me the true meaning of perseverance. To the remaining of my family, I’m ceaselessly grateful to your continued support — it doesn’t go unnoticed. I would love to thank coach [Dan] Mullen and coach [Billy] Napier in addition to all my coaches (past and present), teammates, and trainers for supporting me throughout my time on the University of Florida.

“I most significantly wish to thank the Gator Nation Fans — you all have helped me grow and change into a greater man on and off the sector. I sit up for your continued support as I declare for the 2023 NFL Daft to proceed pursuing my dreams.”

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Gouraige spent five seasons with the Gators and appeared in 50 games, earning 41 starts primarily at left tackle but additionally at left guard during his redshirt freshman 12 months. He graduated from UF within the spring of 2022 with a level in sociology.

Pro Football Focus credits Gouraige together with his best season as a starter, out of three and a half, in 2022. He tied his profession low in sacks allowed (one) and gave up his second-fewest pressures in a starting campaign (14) while posting a career-high run-blocking grade (65.9). 

He’s the eighth Gator to have officially entered the draft this offseason, following quarterback Anthony Richardson, wide receiver Justin Shorter, guard O’Cyrus Torrence, defensive lineman Gervon Dexter, linebacker Ventrell Miller, safety Trey Dean III and dismissed edge rusher Brenton Cox Jr.

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