Two more Gators to transfer

LSU Tigers running back Spencer Ware (11) runs past safety Josh Shaw (9) during the second half at Tiger Stadium on Oct. 8 in Baton Rouge, La. LSU defeated Florida 41-11.

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Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 12:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 12:07 p.m.

Two more Florida football players are leaving the program, UF coach Will Muschamp announced Tuesday.

Defensive end Lynden Trail and safety Joshua Shaw are both transferring to other schools. Both were four-star recruits from UF’s highly ranked 2010 class.

“We wish Lynden and Josh the best of luck in the future and we certainly appreciate their contributions to the football program,” Muschamp said in a UF release.

Shaw was a redshirt freshman this season and played in 10 games, mostly on special teams. Shaw, from Palmdale, Calif., had 22 tackles. Shaw missed the game against Furman to travel home and spend time with his ailing grandfather.

“I have enjoyed my time at Florida but I feel like I need to be closer to my family right now,” Shaw said. “This is not a football decision, this is a family decision. I need to be with my family.”

Trail, from Miami, did not play this season after redshirting last season.

“I have decided that I would like to pursue opportunities elsewhere,” Trail said. “I want to thank the fans and Gator Nation for their support. I’ll always be a Gator at heart.”

That’s 11 players who have left the program since Muschamp was hired last December. Defensive end Chris Martin, wide receivers Chris Dunkley, Javares McRoy and Robert Clark, running back Mike Blakely, tight end Michael McFarland, linebacker Dee Finley and tight end Gerald Christian are players who transferred while cornerback Janoris Jenkins was dismissed from the team following two marijuana arrests earlier this year.

The Gators have only 68 scholarship players entering the postseason, 17 below the NCAA limit. Muschamp can sign a full class of 25 in February.

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