UF FOOTBALL

Hawkins to transfer from Florida


Florida coach Will Muschamp talks with defensive back Marqui Hawkins during spring football practice at Sanders Practice Fields on April 2.

Doug Finger/Staff photographer
Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:36 p.m.

Florida receiver/safety Marqui Hawkins is transferring from the school, the redshirt freshman told The Sun on Wednesday.

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Florida coach Will Muschamp talks with defensive back Marqui Hawkins during spring football practice at Sanders Practice Fields on April 2.

Doug Finger/Staff photographer

He did not see any action last season and was moved to defensive back during spring practice. Hawkins signed with the Gators as a receiver in 2013 and wants to play the position at his next school.

“I'm just looking for a better opportunity and somewhere I can play offense. I'd also like to be closer to home,” said Hawkins, who is from Carver High School in Columbus, Ga.

The 6-foot-1, 213-pounder was a member of the ESPN 300 but received a three-star rating from other recruiting services. Hawkins said he will be granted his release from UF this week and has no restrictions on where he can transfer.

“I had a great time at Florida and learned a lot,” he said. “Nothing against the school, I just needed a fresh start.”

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