Christian, Clark to transfer
Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 4:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 4:38 p.m.
Unhappy with a lack of playing time, former Palm Beach Dwyer teammates Gerald Christian and Robert Clark have decided to transfer from the Florida program, UF coach Will Muschamp announced Tuesday.
“Both of these players have expressed a desire for more playing time and felt it would be in their best interests to transfer,” Muschamp said. “We wish them both the best of luck and appreciate their contributions to the program.”
Christian, a tight end, and Clark, a wide receiver, are the eighth and ninth players to leave the program since Muschamp took over in December. The Gators now have only 72 scholarship players, 13 below the NCAA limit.
“I’m looking for an opportunity to play more,” Christian said in a UF release. “I have no bad feelings about Florida or the coaching staff. I just want to get a fresh start and see the field more.”
Christian, a true sophomore, had four catches this season, including a 40-yard touchdown reception at Kentucky.
Clark was a backup receiver who played on special teams that past two seasons.
“I’ve enjoyed being a part of the Gator program, but at the same time I’m excited about future opportunities to play more,” Clark said. “I will have nothing but good memories from my time in Gainesville.”
Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis said after practice on Tuesday that he wished the two well.
"We didn't lose them, they decided to go," Weis said. "Both of them surprised me to tell you the truth. They practiced last week every day. I mean, you'd think if you were going to quit, you'd quit last week. Why would you go through bye week practice?
"That caught me off-guard, let me just say."
The others who have left the program are cornerback Janoris Jenkins, running back Mike Blakely, receivers Chris Dunkley and Javares McRoy and linebackers Chris Martin, Mike McFarland and Dee Finley.