Head coach Dan Mullen announced to the media on Monday

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Cornerback Elijah Blades is no longer a member of the Florida Gators defense.

Head coach Dan Mullen announced the sudden dismissal during a media session on Monday afternoon. Blades only suited up for three games this season but he didn’t put the pads on Saturday against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

“We dismissed him from our program,” Mullen said. “He’s no longer with the team. I met with him and dismissed him from the program yesterday.”

The unexpected release leaves the Gators defensive backfield running thin in the depth chart since the injuries to juniors Jaydon Hill (ACL) and Kaiir Elam (Knee).

Blades, a graduate transfer from Texas A&M, will now look for a new University to attend and play for. But Blades had always been a Gators fan growing up and originally committed to Florida in high school.

Instead of attending his dream school, Blades changed his mind to play for Nebraska. But after the Blades signed, he enrolled at Arizona Western Community College. The cornerback was sought after by the Gators once again but joined Texas A&M.

Issues occurred to keep Blades from transferring to UF but he was able to make the final roster just weeks before the first snap of the season. The cornerback recorded three tackles deflected a single pass this season.

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