Florida LB Mohamoud Diabate enters NCAA transfer portal – 247Sports

Florida LB Mohamoud Diabate enters NCAA transfer portal – 247Sports
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida has had a sixth player enter the NCAA transfer portal since the 2021 regular season ended, with a new starter entering on Friday.

Linebacker Mohamoud Diabate, a junior who started 17 games over the last three seasons, has entered the portal. Schools will now be allowed to contact him about a potential transfer.

As a junior in 2021, Diabate led the team with 89 tackles. He also contributed 2.5 tackles for a loss and added four quarterback hurries.

The 6-foot-3, 227-pound prospect made the transition to linebacker as a sophomore ahead of the 2020 campaign, moving there after playing primarily as an edge rusher in his first season. He made a name for himself as a freshman when he racked up three sacks and a forced fumble in a win over Vanderbilt, earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors in the process. Diabate finished his freshman campaign as an edge rusher with 4.5 sacks.

But his production off the edge disappeared with the position move to linebacker, and the lanky prospect initially struggled to adjust to the physicality between the tackles.

“When you talk about the front seven from (2019) I think probably one of the unknown stories was how Mohamoud improved from Game 1 to the last game of the year,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said prior to the 2020 campaign. “If you were to just sit down and watch him, here’s a guy that was playing outside ‘backer and we always say, ‘How can we get our best 11 guys on the field?’ and talking to him we were going to move him. We moved him to inside backer, Money ‘backer.

“The thing of it is that that’s not an easy transition for guys. When you move to an inside ‘backer from an off-the-ball position things happen fast. He had not really done that before.”

Diabate turned into one of the more productive players on the defense in 2021. His departure leaves Florida with a bit of a void at linebacker, where UF did not recruit many traditional high school linebackers under coach Dan Mullen‘s watch.

The junior linebacker is the sixth Florida player to hit the NCAA transfer portal since the season ended. Along with leading receiver Jacob Copeland, he’s also one of the most impactful. Copeland led the team in receiving this season, and he announced his decision to transfer on Thursday.

Previous entries into the transfer portal were offensive tackle Gerald Mincey and defensive linemen Khris Bogle, Lloyd Summerall and Dante Zanders.

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