Gators guard Chris Bleich enters transfer portal

Florida Gators offensive lineman Chris Bleich has entered the transfer portal, offensive line coach John Hevesy confirmed Tuesday.

Bleich was a starting guard for eight games this season, but he was eventually replaced by Richard Gouraige and Brett Heggie. Bleich's role has diminished since, and his playing time continued to drop against Georgia.

"We support Chris and everything he's doing,'' Hevesy said.

A redshirt freshman, Bleich originally committed to UCLA in high school, then decommitted and chose Florida. He was a four-star prospect out of Wyoming Valley West High School in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, and he earned the starting job for the Gators in the spring.

Florida's offensive line struggled against Georgia, and now it takes a hit by losing Bleich with three games remaining in the season.