After Donovan Stiner, former Gators security officer, was not selected in the 2021 NFL draft, he reportedly signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
During his time in Gainesville, Stiner appeared in 48 games, recording 150 tackles and six interceptions. He started 10 of 11 games in 2020 and ended the season with 62 tackles, two tackles against loss and one pass separation. His nine top-season tackles were recorded in the Gators’ season opener win at Ole Miss.
The Houston native played 13 games as a junior and started six of these competitions. His four interceptions led the Gators and finished second in the Southeastern Conference. He took on 30 tackles, including 16 solo stops and a pass separation.
As the second child during Dan Mullen’s first season at the helm, Stiner started 12 of the 13 games for the Gators and ended with 49 tackles, two interceptions, a pass separation and a sack. Previously, the Lone Star State native had appeared in eleven competitions as a true rookie and an important member of the Florida Special Forces.
Stiner, a former three-star candidate, has also been inducted into the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the past three seasons.
Stiner joins wide receiver Trevon Grimes (Philadelphia Eagles) and offensive lineman Brett Heggie (New York Giants) as Gators to stay vacant and then sign free agent deals.