Jordan Reed entering NFL Draft

The Gators lost their third player to leave early for the NFL Draft on Friday when tight end Jordan Reed announced he will forgo his senior year to play professionally. The redshirt junior ended the 2012 season as Florida's leading receiver.

"I've enjoyed four good years at Florida, but I feel that now is the right time to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL," Jordan Reed said. "I appreciate the support from all the coaches and staff here, and I'll always be a Gator."

Reed caught 45 passes for 559 yards during the 2012 season and averaged 43 yards per game. The redshirt junior tight end caught three touchdown passes on the year. Reed was named First Team All-SEC by the Associated Press and Second Team All-SEC by the league's coaches.

Florida safety Matt Elam and defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd announced after Wednesday's loss in the Sugar Bowl that they would be heading to the NFL and forgoing their senior seasons. Reed announced the same on Friday.

"It's been a dream for all three of these players to pursue a career in the NFL and now they are all getting a chance to realize that dream," said head coach Will Muschamp. "We are very thankful for their contributions to the Florida football program over the years and we wish them the very best of luck in the pursuit of their dreams."

"We will support them 100 percent and I look forward to them continuing to be a part of our program. I have encouraged each of them to return to Gainesville to complete their degree – as I've told all of our players – there will be a day when their football careers are over. Matt, Sharrif and Jordan all received high marks in the draft evaluation process."

The Gators are still waiting on defensive lineman Dominique Easley and linebacker Jelani Jenkins to make decisions.

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