Manson won't be back with Gators

Markus Manson moved from tailback to cornerback last spring but did not see any playing time at that position.

DOUG FINGER/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 3:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 3:17 p.m.

Running back Markus Manson's Florida career is over.

Manson, who graduated in December but has one year of eligibility remaining, has decided to look into finishing his career at a Division 1-AA school, where he would be eligible this season.

Manson was one of the nation's top tailback recruits coming out of Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2004. He withstood intense pressure from Alabama and signed with the Gators. But he fell short of his potential in Gainesville.

As a redshirt freshman in 2005, Manson started two games and rushed for 365 yards and two touchdowns. The following season, Manson carried the ball only four times for 15 yards.

Last spring, he was moved to cornerback. He did not see any playing time at his new position this past season, but he was a starter on special teams for the second consecutive season.

During preparation for the Capital One Bowl in December, UF coach Urban Meyer said he wasn't sure what position Manson would play if he did decide to return for his final season at UF.

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