Florida football coach Billy Napier speaks to the crowd during halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Alabama, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

O’Cyrus Torrence joins the Florida Gators Roster

Louisiana native and offensive lineman O’Cyrus Torrence has left the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns football team to play under his previous coach, Billy Napier, at the University of Florida.

The 6’5 335 pounds rising senior has been coached under Billy Napier his entire college career. He loved Napier’s coaching style, so he decided to enter the transfer portal to continue to be coached by Napier. Torrence’s accomplishments include the FWAA-Shaun Alexander Freshman All-American team, back-to-back All-Sun Belt Conference honors and two-time Joe Moore Award Semifinalist.

Torrence on Napier

Torrence was recently on Sportscene with Steve Russell and mentioned how structured Napier runs his program. The offensive lineman is now in Gainesville and is participating in spring training. He raved about how much he loves the culture of football here. Additionally, he talked about the incredible energy the players and staff have, the unity among players and staff and the continuous positive interactions between the entire team. Torrence also said he believes that this is the best system to play under. He also claimed that it will result in a successful season.

Joining the Team

Torrence mentioned that he was able to transition to the team smoothly was through his hard work and effort. He emphasized that working hard is how he has become very successful in his college football career, and with working hard, the technique follows along, and knowing the play calls undoubtedly helps.

Steve Russell also asked Torrence the question of what does the offensive line need to do to be successful. Torrence responded by saying it is knowing what the jobs of the other positions are, communicating, working on the minor details, and team unity.

He has played a lot of snaps but has not allowed one sack in all three years that he has played for the Cajuns. Torrence’s hard work and effort will be a great asset to the Gators.


About Cristina Santiago

Cristina Santiago is a senior at the University of Florida studying journalism with a concentration in sports and media.

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