Gators wide receiver Trent Whittemore sat down with Steve Russell on the esports scene to discuss college football’s ever-changing landscape and changing coaching staff.
Whittemore didn’t travel far and wide to reach the swamp grounds of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
A native of Gainesville, Whittemore attended Buchholz High School, where he played several positions and started on the college team as a freshman.
The redshirt sophomore signed for the Gators in 2019 as a defensive back but eventually switched to wide receiver. After appearing in two games in 2019, he donned a red shirt and didn’t find himself on the stat sheet until 2020.
Over the past two seasons, Whittemore has 29 receptions for a total of 338 yards and 2 touchdowns. After playing under center in high school, he also threw 2 touchdown passes.
College football pandemonium
Whittemore detailed two major changes in college football that have taken place after his arrival with the Gators.
The first is the one-time transfer exemption, which now allows NCAA college athletes to train. The new rule, designed to give disgruntled student athletes more freedom, has now turned into a mess. Transfer portal applications are flying off the shelves as college football has essentially taken a free hand.
The second major breakthrough is NIL, where student athletes can now benefit from their name, image and likeness. Laws and regulations are still very much up in the air as student athletes continue to make money.
Whittemore thinks it’s only fair that players, especially the stars, should get higher compensation for generating millions of dollars for people other than themselves.
With Billy Napier helming the show as head coach in Florida, Whittemore expressed excitement. However, he admitted he had some difficulties adjusting due to the team’s unfamiliarity with Napier.
Whittemore praised Napier’s ambitions, stating that he had an agenda from the moment he stepped in.
Earlier this month, the Gators’ Class of 2023 received an acceptance letter from Creed Whittemore, Trent’s younger brother.
Creed currently plays quarterback at Bucholz, but his collegiate position is undetermined.
Although Creed attended other Power Five schools around the country, Trent knew in the back of his mind that his younger brother would follow his example and stay in Gainesville.
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— Creed Whittemore (@c_whit115) May 7, 2022
A new era
Just like Trent Whittemore and the rest of the Gators football team, fans need to brace themselves to see a new man wearing the headset on the sidelines.
The Billy Napier era begins on September 3 when the Gators host the Utah Utes.