Florida running back Nay'Quan Wright (6) scores a touchdown on a 45-yard pass play as he gets past Samford linebacker Thomas Neville, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Gators Football Update: Kitna Released, Wright Enters Transfer Portal

Kitna Released

Gators backup quarterback Jalen Kitna was officially released from the team Friday afternoon, according to published reports. This development follows his Wednesday arrest on suspicion of possession of child pornography. The team originally suspended the redshirt freshman indefinitely. Kitna, 19, was officially charged on five separate counts, including two counts of distribution of child exploitation material and three counts of possession of child pornography.

Kitna appeared in court Thursday and was released on an $80,000 bond. He is ordered not to have internet access and any unsupervised contact with minors as a condition of his release. Kitna will return to his native Burleson, Texas, and will be supervised by his parents.

Kitna played in four games for the Gators this season, completing 10 of 14 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown.

His father, Jon Kitna, played quarterback in the NFL from 1997 to 2011.

Wright Enters Transfer Portal

The postseason roster shuffle continues for the Gators, as sophomore running back Nay’Quan Wright announced his intention to enter the transfer portal in a Twitter post Friday afternoon. Wright becomes the 11th Gator to enter the portal following a season in which his playing time declined. Wright rushed 47 times for 190 yards this year, compared to 76 attempts for 326 yards in 2021.

This can be attributed to the emergence of Louisiana transfer Montrell Johnson Jr. and true freshman Trevor Etienne as the favored options in head coach Billy Napier’s running game. In his four seasons with the Gators, Wright rushed for 753 yards across 189 attempts and scored five touchdowns. Wright has two years of eligibility remaining.

“I have forged unbreakable relationships, earned a degree from a Top-5 institution, all amongst living out my dream to play for the Gators,” Wright said in a statement. “I will forever be indebted to the many coaches, support staff, and countless individuals who have empowered, supported, and advocated for me along the way.”

 

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