GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Dan Mullen has not said whether he’d be interested in pursuing a graduate transfer quarterback. He has not met with reporters since the news last week that redshirt freshman QB Jake Allen intends to transfer.

But the Gators will at least have to do their due diligence and survey the market.

Florida fans are maybe wary of taking on another grad transfer at the position after the results with Austin Appleby and Malik Zaire the past two seasons, but Mullen and his coaching staff are probably more wary about entering a season with only three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.

Look no further than the Gators’ 2017 season when Kyle Trask, albeit the No. 4 QB at the time, was lost for the season because a foot injury, Luke Del Rio broke his collarbone halfway through his lone start and Zaire went down with a knee injury in his second start late in the fall.

That’s how easily a team can lose three scholarship quarterbacks during a season.

In a more extreme example, the Maryland Terrapins lost four quarterbacks to injury in 2012 and ended up starting a freshman linebacker at QB the rest of the season.

Florida will have the roster space to add a grad transfer QB, and if for no other reason than depth and insurance, it would make sense to do so.

The first name Gators fans gravitate to in this conversation is Ohio State junior Joe Burrow, who may transfer if he does not win the starting job with the Buckeyes. No decision has been made yet, and even if he were to transfer, there would be other logical suitors for Burrow, who was a 4-star prospect and the No. 8 dual-threat QB in the 2015 recruiting class