Chris Bleich has started eight of the Florida Gators nine games this season. That makes his decision today a pretty big surprise.
According to reports, Bleich has left the Florida football program. The team is coming off of a 24-17 loss to rival Georgia on Saturday.
Bleich started Saturday’s game, but was replaced after a few tough drives by redshirt freshman Richard Gouraige. Per 247Sports, Gouraige had started eating into Bleich’s playing time over the course of the season, and he wound up playing most of the game against the Bulldogs.
The site is reporting that Bleich is now looking into his options to play elsewhere:
Florida offensive lineman Chris Bleich is no longer currently with the program and has entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal, multiple sources have confirmed to Swamp247.com.
Bleich was a three-star recruit out of Pennsylvania in the 2018 class. His recruitment was a bit of a roller coaster in the years leading up to his Jan. 2018 enrollment in Gainesville.
He had originally committed to his home-state power Penn State in April 2016, but backed away from it just over a year later. That June, he then committed to UCLA, a pledge he stuck to until late November, when he flipped to Florida. After a December visit to Gainesville, he made it official during the Early Signing Period, and enrolled in January.
Last fall, Florida took advantage of the four-game allowance that let Bleich get some playing time while holding on to his redshirt. Now, it looks like he’ll play out the balance of his college career elsewhere.