RB Lingard granted immediate eligibility at Florida

Field Level Media

May 31, 2020 at 4:42 pm.

Former Miami running back Lorenzo Lingard was granted immediate eligibility at Florida.

Lingard, who entered the NCAA transfer database in December, confirmed his 2020 eligibility this week on Twitter.

“Approved to play this year,” he wrote. “Best birthday gift ever.”

Lingard, from Orange City, Fla., was a five-star recruit in the Class of 2018 and ranked the No. 2 running back in the nation by the 247Sports Composite.

He rushed 17 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns with the Hurricanes in 2018 before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in practice.

He played in two games on special teams in 2019 and enters 2020 as a redshirt sophomore.

In Gainesville, Lingard will compete to replace La’Mical Perine in the backfield. The New York Jets selected Perine in the fourth round in April’s draft.