Leak brothers reunite

Chris Leak's sibling, former Vol C.J., joins the Gator staff

Leak brothers Chris, left, and C.J. talk after the Gators played host to Tennessee on Sepember 20, 2003. C.J. is now a member of the Gator staff.

MICHAEL C. WEIMAR /The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, July 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 7, 2005 at 2:00 a.m.

Once the friendliest of Southeastern Conference rivals, the Leak brothers are back on the same team.

Chris Leak and his older brother C.J. - former quarterback stars at Independence High in Charlotte, N.C., and college rivals - are both Gators now.

C.J., a former quarterback at Tennessee, recently made the transition from Vol to Gator when he was hired by the Florida football office. C.J. said he is assisting the Gators' strength and conditioning staff in the weight room and also is working in the football office.

He has been reunited in Gainesville with his younger brother, Chris, UF's starting quarterback

"I would describe the job as being a jack of all trades," said C.J., who is being paid an hourly wage by UF. "Coaching is what I really want to do, and this is sort of an opportunity to get my foot in the door. I'm really thankful for this opportunity."

C.J. said he's not sure what his job description will be once the Gators begin two-a-days in August.

"That will be up to the coaching staff," he said. "I'm just going to play it by ear and go with the flow."

This will be the first time the Leak brothers have been together for a football season since 2000, when C.J. was home recovering from a serious knee injury and Chris was leading Independence to the first of three consecutive state championships.

"It feels great that they're back together," said Curtis Leak, the father of C.J. and Chris. "There were a number of schools, including Tennessee, that were interested (in giving C.J.) a job. Urban Meyer talked to C.J., and everything worked out.

"I'm glad C.J. has sorted some things out and is going on with his career. I think he'll be a good coach."

Like Chris, C.J. was one of the nation's top quarterback recruits coming out of high school. But while Chris, a junior, has started at UF since his true freshman season, C.J. never fully recovered from reconstructive knee surgery and was a career backup for the Vols. C.J. was a senior last season and recently graduated from UT.

C.J. said he hasn't seen much of his little brother since he's been in Gainesville.

"Chris is so busy, and I'm so busy there really hasn't been any time," he said. "But it's cool. It's a lot of fun that we're going to be back together again."

Tight end gets release:

Redshirt freshman tight end Dane Guthrie has asked for and received his release from the University of Florida and will transfer to another school. Guthrie is expected to end up a Arizona State.

Robbie Andreu can be reached at 352-374-5022 or andreur@gvillesun.com

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