GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida redshirt junior tight end Jordan Reed (New London, Conn.) announced on Friday that he will enter the 2013 NFL Draft and forgo his final year of eligibility with the Gator football program. Reed joins junior defensive back Matt Elam (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and junior defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd (Philadelphia, Pa.) in stating their intentions to begin a professional career.
"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."
Chosen first-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and a second-team selection by the league's coaches, Reed was the Gators' top receiver in 2012, registering team highs in receptions (45), yardage (559) and average yards per game (43.0). His 12.4-yards per reception was second on the Orange and Blue, as was his total of three touchdown catches.
"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," said Reed. "I appreciate the support from all the coaches and staff here, and I'll always be a Gator."