Gators adding walk-on kicker

Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:25 p.m.

Florida’s starting kicker job will have some more competition in 2014.

Former Army All-American Brooks Abbott is transferring to UF in June.

The Jacksonville Bolles alum left Virginia Tech in August after one year with the Hokies as a preferred walk-on.

During his freshman season, he was used 39 times as a kickoff specialist but did not try a field goal. Abbott connected on 11-of-15 attempts (long of 47 yards) as a high school senior.

He spent this past semester at Florida State College in Jacksonville and can play next season for the Gators with three years of eligibility remaining.

Abbott will start out as a preferred walk-on and compete with Austin Hardin and Frankie Velez. In 2013, the two made just 10-of-20 field goal combined attempts.

“The struggles of the kickers this year played a big role in my decision to come, but those guys are very talented,” Abbott told The Sun via text message. “Coach (Will) Muschamp is a no-nonsense kind of guy who will tell you how it is and go with the best player. That's all I wanted in a coach.”

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