There may be one position on the Gators’ roster that is open to all competition more so than all others heading into the 2014 season. That position is, of course, kicker, and the competition is growing with the news that Brooks Abbott will transfer to Florida.
From Jacksonville, FL (Bolles), Abbott was one of the nation’s better high school kickers. He would commit to Virginia Tech after a senior season that saw him named an Army All-American. Abbott appeared in seven games for the Hokies in 2012, serving as a kickoff specialist. He spent the last year not playing football.
Because he already sat out a year while attending Florida State College at Jacksonville, Abbott will be eligible to play for the Gators immediately upon his arrival in Gainesville following the spring semester. Technically a preferred walk-on, Abbott can earn a scholarship if he wins the starting job.
The transfer gives the Gators two kickers that participated in national high school All-American games. Many will remember Austin Hardin’s appearance at the Under Armour All-American game. As stated, the competition is truly wide open and it’s anyone’s guess which kicker will come out on top.