Florida football: QB Jack Miller III to start for Gators in 2022 Las Vegas Bowl vs. Oregon State

By OnlyGators.com Staff
December 8, 2022
Florida football: QB Jack Miller III to start for Gators in 2022 Las Vegas Bowl vs. Oregon State

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Without its first- and second-string quarterbacks entering bowl season, the Florida Gators are turning to redshirt sophomore Jack Miller III to start the 2022 Las Vegas Bowl, head coach Billy Napier announced Thursday. Miller, a transfer from Ohio State, has yet to play this season.

Though Miller was expected to start the year as the primary backup to sophomore Anthony Richardson, he injured his thumb during training camp in preparation for the season and required surgery. By the time Miller was cleared to return to practice, redshirt freshman Jalen Kitna had impressed in spot duty and usurped him on the depth chart.

Richardson earlier this week declared for the 2023 NFL Draft and announced he will not play in the bowl game. Kitna was dismissed from the program last week after being arrested on five second-degree felony charges. With Emory Jones and Carlos Del Rio-Wilson transferring before the season, Florida has seen four scholarship quarterbacks depart the program this year.

Miller’s status was largely unknown as Napier previously indicated he was still having issues with his previously injured hand; however, Miller has since been cleared for game action. Redshirt sophomore walk-on Kyle Engel or freshman Max Brown will serve as his backup in the game.

A four-star prospect in the Class of 2020, Miller completed 7 of 14 passes for 101 yards as a backup for the Buckeyes in 2021. He has yet to see significant action in a college football game across three seasons and will be making his first career start.

Whether Miller will have a chance to start for the Gators in 2023 remains to be seen. Four-star prospect Jaden Rashada (Pittsburg, CA) is expected to compete for the job immediately upon enrollment, and Florida will likely be a player in the transfer portal with recent smoke surrounding NC State’s Devin Leary, an extremely productive signal caller with one year of eligibility remaining.

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