Utah football: Utes secures engagement for Florida linebacker Mohamoud Diabate


Utah wasted no time in finding a replacement for the likely NFL-linked Devin Lloyd, and that replacement was an outstanding defenseman at the University of Florida.

Mohamoud Diabate, a former Gator linebacker / defensive end, announced on Twitter Tuesday evening that he would be transferred to the University of Utah.

Diabate was Florida’s top tackle in 2021 and one of the transfer portal’s top defensive prospects.

He led the Gators with 89 tackles last season, recording 2.5 tackles for a loss and four quarterbacks in a hurry. During his career at Gainesville, Diabate appeared in 37 games, starting 17, racking up 176 tackles, 14 tackles for six sacks, three forced fumbles, two stoppages and one interception.

A 2021 junior, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Diabate is known for his bizarre athleticism and played as a leading forward early in his college career before moving on to linebacker.

A native of Auburn, Alabama, Diabate entered the transfers portal on December 10.

Utah’s linebacker corps have taken a major hit with Lloyd and Nephi Sewell heading into the NFL Draft, but Diabate’s arrival should help allay concerns that the Utes are stepping back on the job ( Utah has a wealth of talent as a linebacker, although much is unproven).

Utah travel to Gainesville to face Florida in their 2022 season opener on September 3.


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