NEW ORLEANS — Coming off its worst performance of the season, the Gators' defense got more bad news in the locker room following Wednesday night's 33-23 loss to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.

Strong safety Matt Elam, a first-team All-America, and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, a third-team All-America, said they would forego their senior seasons and leave early for the NFL draft.

“It’s time to take care of the family,” Elam said. “[Playing in the NFL] was a dream. It was a goal. It’s a dream come true.”

Elam and Floyd each said he did not decide until after the game.

"This game made me focus on what I wanted to do," Floyd said. "All my focus was on my team and on the season and on this game. Now it's time to move. I got the blessings from my coaches.

"They felt it was best for me."

Elam said, "It was about me being focused on the game. It's been a great three years. I wish we could finish it better."

Tight end Jordan Reed and defensive end Dominique Easley remain undecided.

Reed is still weighing his options and says he is currently “50-50” on a decision.

“I want to see where they got me projected,” Reed said.

When asked if he had a feeling whether he would stay a Gator or enter the NFL Draft, Easley simply replied, “Not yet.”

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