Six offensive players leaving Florida
Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.
Florida’s new offensive coordinator, whoever it turns out to be, is going to have less to build with when he gets here in a few weeks.
Six offensive players, including redshirt freshman quarterback Max Staver, are leaving the Florida football program.
Coach Will Muschamp announced Thursday the impending transfers of fullback Rhaheim Ledbetter, tight end Kent Taylor, guard Ian Silberman and tackles Quinteze Williams and Trevon Young.
In addition to Muschamp's announcement, Staver said on Twitter that he will also leave, writing "Thank you to everyone for the experience down there and the support. I will miss my teammates, friends, and also the Gator fans. God Bless."
The 6-foot-6, 238-pound quarterback out of Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) redshirted this past season. With his departure, the Gators could be down to only three healthy scholarship QBs in the spring if Jeff Driskel is not cleared to practice — senior Tyler Murphy, sophomore Skyler Mornhinweg and true freshman Will Grier, who is enrolling in January.
And there have been reports that Mornhinweg may be considering transferring, which would leave UF with two.
Ledbetter, Taylor, Williams and Young are transferring. Silberman, a redshirt junior this past season, graduates from UF on Saturday and has decided to play his senior year at another school in the fall.
Silberman started seven games over the past two seasons. The other five players were all reserves. Taylor, Williams and Young did not see the field during the 2013 season.
“These young men felt it was in their best interest to look for an opportunity to play somewhere else,” Muschamp said. “We wish all of them the best of luck.”
Silberman and Taylor both posted responses on Twitter.
“Very blessed to play for this great University for the last four years but it is time for the next chapter. I’ll always be a Gator!” Silberman wrote.
“I’m gonna miss my friends, my teammates, and gator fans, but you have to do what’s best for u, so thank you for 2 great years gatornation,” Taylor tweeted.
With the six players leaving, it opens scholarships that will allow the Gators to sign 22 players in February instead of only 16.
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