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Another Gator leaving The Swamp

Mike Blakely

Normally when a new head coach takes over at a major college football program, it’s expected there will be some roster attrition.

Tuesday, the expected again happened to the Florida Gators football program.

For the fourth time since Will Muschamp replaced Urban Meyer as UF’s head coach, a player has decided to transfer out of Gainesville.  The school announced via a press release Tuesday afternoon that running back Mike Blakely has requested, and received, a release from his scholarship so that he may ply his football wares elsewhere.

It’s unknown at this point in time where that elsewhere might be.

“Mike has come to the conclusion that the University of Florida is not where he wants to play football,” Muschamp said in a statement. “We wish him the best of luck.”

“Everyone at Florida has been very supportive of me in my time here and I’m thankful for the experience that I had, but I’ve made a decision to continue my college football career somewhere else,” Blakely said in his own statement.

Blakely was an early enrollee but did not participate in spring practice after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder.  Rivals.com had Blakely rated as the No. 6 RB in the country for the 2011 recruiting class.

If he decides to transfer to another Div. 1-A school, the Bradenton, Fla., native will be forced to sit out the 2011 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

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19 Responses to “Another Gator leaving The Swamp”
  1. lakesidegator says: May 10, 2011 2:56 PM

    Different directions for lots of folks.
    But all to the benefit of the Gator team(s),
    no doubt.
    Hasta la vista, mi amigo.
    Buana suarte, or something like that.

    Gator Nation

  2. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 10, 2011 3:06 PM

    I see a 3 loss seasaon for the next 4 years

  3. jpiro says: May 10, 2011 4:03 PM

    Smart move. Weis and running backs get along about as well as Weis and salads.

  4. thefiesty1 says: May 10, 2011 5:28 PM

    Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on your way out. Coach Boom is going to do it HIS way.

  5. centexhorn says: May 10, 2011 6:04 PM

    What an idiot. “Yes, I’m going to leave one of the most premiere football programs in the country. That sounds like a good idea.” Uhh, not!

  6. smartbutlazy says: May 10, 2011 7:57 PM

    He’s going to “continue” his college football career elsewhere? Call me old fashioned but I always thought you had to have started something before you can continue it.

  7. gatorprof says: May 10, 2011 10:16 PM

    Yet another example of why you oversign.

    JT…get it now;)

  8. soflatrojan says: May 11, 2011 10:21 AM

    I am sure Gator fans said the same thing about Cam Newton. I have no idea how he will do in college but Blakely was an absolute stud in high school. Alot of people thought he should have been a 5 star.

    He should have stayed at UF at least if a pro career didn’t pan out he would have degree from a good school with a huge alumni base.

  9. burntorangehorn says: May 11, 2011 11:36 AM

    jpiro says:
    May 10, 2011 4:03 PM
    Smart move. Weis and running backs get along about as well as Weis and salads.
    ==============================
    Jamaal Charles.

  10. edgy says: May 11, 2011 5:09 PM

    Burnt, Weis meant ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to Charles (Unless you want to completely ignore the fact that he was on a 2000 yard pace last season after he took over for Johnson. ). Let’s not forget that New England and Notre Shame didn’t exactly have what could be called running games while he was there..

  11. gatorfan1 says: May 11, 2011 8:17 PM

    Do any of you idiots ACTUALLY do anything but talk out of your butt holes…This is for jpiro and especially for the self proclaimed fact guru edgy:

    I would like to introduce you to Darius Walker:
    He was a really good running back and Charlie Wies was his coach for both of his 1196 and 1267 yds seasons. BTW he averaged 4.6 yds per carry and 5 yds a carry in both those years.

    Also in the NFL, with the patriots he had Corey dillion rush for over 1600 yards, antowain smith rushed for 1157 yds and another season of 982 yds. With the Chiefs this past season he had Jamal Charles with 1467 yds with almost a record setting yards per carry average and thomas jones with 896.

    So 5 out of 10 seasons calling an offense he had a 1000 yard rusher. When he had talent at running back he used it, and at UF he will get that. Plus he is not the head coach so he will be only focused on the offense and Muschamp will have some input on the offense.

    Nice job again from the “Oracle”!!!

  12. halo81 says: May 12, 2011 12:04 AM

    Edgy is probably Edgytim from Rivals.com, a well-known Notre Dame hater and wannabe who manipulates teenagers and then breaks their commitments early like Darius Fleming and Sean Cwynar. He’s pretty hated in South Bend, so the feeling is certainly mutual.

    They call him Dorkytim at St. Rita’s in Chicago.

    Having watched his posts on this site, I’d bet good money it’s Edgytim. Two words … Bush league.

    As for Blakely, I’m not sure what he’s thinking as the running back situation down there isn’t great, his grades were an issue coming out of high school and from what I’ve heard, the incoming RB Matt Jones from Armwood HS is overrated and soft.

    Florida was a good spot for him.

    Weis certainly isn’t a “guru” of the running game, but when he’s had talented running backs they’ve been very productive. Darius Walker wasn’t great at Notre Dame, but he was productive. Corey Dillon was in the twilight of his career in NE and was extremely productive.

    Heck, he even did well with Armando Allen who may be the worst running back the Irish have had starting in … well … ever.

  13. edgy says: May 12, 2011 2:07 PM

    gatorfan1, I hate to tell you this BUT his greatest success has come from INHERITED talent. All his INHERITED talent had already gotten its feet wet and they were ready to break out by the time he showed up: be it Quinn, Charles or Walker. As I said WHEN he took over, let’s see how he does when HE has to play a freshman QB and freshmen RBs and freshmen DL and freshmen ANYTHING. Guess what, he didn’t do so well. After Ty’s supposed CRAP talent left South Bend and he had to integrate his own TALENT, his “genius” became less apparent. Hell, after most of Ty’s talent was mostly out the door, it was well into the season before his OWN recruits scored a TD and even the best that he had for his third season was still Ty’s trash. Let’s not forget that for all the “success” he had with Brady Quinn, he didn’t even come close to that with HIS QB, Jimmy Lossen (The big difference between the two is that while Ty and his OC let Quinn go down field more during his first two years, Weis had Lossen dumping the ball off more as a freshman. Fewer turnovers but also fewer yards. He opened it up more and that meant more turnovers for Lossen as a sophomore while Quinn actually saw his turnovers drop). Why is it that he didn’t even come close to the same success with HIS running backs at Notre Shame?

    People want to give him credit for Cassel’s success but that’s a load of crap. Matt was successful in New England but struggled in his first year at KC because their receivers sucked and their TE was in Atlanta. They found a TE and got better receiver play and THAT had more to do with Cassel’s success than anything. Let’s also not forget that besides Charles, who had already proven that he could do the job, he also inherited Thomas Jones, who was a 1,000 yard RB in his own right (Who, BTW, saw his average DIP from 4.2 to 3.7 last year under Weis. Bet that you wouldn’t have mentioned that if you knew it, right?).

    Oh and then there’s Corey Dillon, who WAS a yearly 1000+ RB in Cincinnati (Even went over 1400 yards) before he even got to NE. He was a disgruntled player who STILL managed to get his yards, even when he was unhappy. Weis rode the gravy train on that one. Also, did you forget to look up Smith and the fact that he already had a 1000 yard season in Buffalo? Of course, acknowledging that would indicate that you realized that he had another INHERITED runner, would it? During his time at NE, they averaged 3.3, 3.8, 3.8, 3.4 and 4.1 yards per carry. With the exception of his last year, not exactly numbers that ANYONE would write home about and that last year was because of Dillon. Also, for all your talk about Smith and Dillon, they had 2 1,000 yard RB during that time and he had 2 at ND and none after Ty’s trash left the scene. Again, where’s the success? In all his time as an OC or HC, he NEVER had a 1,000 yard RB that wasn’t someone else’s player and with the exception of Darius Walker, who gained 700+ yards as a freshman, his 1,000 yard RBs had already tasted 1,000 yard success before they played for him.

    Next time, gatorfan1, do some REAL research before you open up your mouth and put your foot in it.

    Oh and halo81, I do HATE Notre Shame but I don’t do anything on Rivals. You’ll find that there are a lot of people that can’t stand the Blighting Irish.

  14. gatorfan1 says: May 12, 2011 9:11 PM

    Edgy:

    You’ve got to be the biggest horse’s ass I’ve ever seen.

    First, your argument WAS if he used running backs NOT if he inherited them. Nice backtracking though!!!

    But seriously numnuts, if we go by your reasoning, isn’t every player inherited, moron???

    So a coach or coordinator cannot be considered a good coach because he inherited players. What kind of f***ing fool are you.

    Steve Spurrier took a running team and in year one had them as the number 1 offensive team in the SEC setting all sorts of passing marks. They were INHERITED…

    Vince Lombardi inherited basically the whole Packer team that became legend…by you f***ing logic he sucks as a coach because they were inherited. You are truly clueless and not the football historian you THINK you are.

    How many coaches take over underachieving teams and mold them into champions…that means there INHERITED…

    You’re the easiest mark on this board to make a fool…you so n love with your own voice you cannot see your own stupidity…funny really…

  15. edgy says: May 13, 2011 1:14 PM

    gatorfan1,
    Burnt brought up Jamal Charles and I pointed out that what happened with Charles had nothing to do with Weis.

    With the exception of ONE year, the Patriots had no real effective running game under Weis. For what amounts to 3 out of 10 years, he had what might be described as an effective running game and that’s pretty much it. During his time, they were 29th, 23rd, 26th, 30th and 17th in yards per carry (In other words, in only one year did the Pats even come close to being in the top half of the league) while they were 26th, 13th, 28th, 27th and 7th in yards rushing or a slightly better TWO times in the top half of the league. The Pats strategy was to win with defense and Brady NOT making the big mistake. BTW, since his departure, New England’s rushing stats have gone up dramatically. KC’s running game was more of a function of their newly found toy in Thomas Jones than it was Weis.

    Oh and the Lombardi comparison is absolutely priceless. It, of course, excludes the fact that he got rid of a lot of the end of his run and actually had HIS guys in there and groomed his OWN players and won with HIS players and did BETTER with HIS players than he did with the guys that he inherited and — wait for it — WON with HIS guys. Weis did all of his big winning with other people’s players. Hell, when Jimmy Johnson took over Miami, I said the same thing: wait until he has to work with his people and guess what — HE CONTINUED TO WIN (On the other hand, Larry Coker won with Butch Davis’ players but then struggled when he started having to work with HIS guys). If Weis could have won with HIS people, he’d still be at Notre Shame but that wasn’t the case.

  16. gatorfan1 says: May 13, 2011 1:48 PM

    @Edgy:

    You are flat out wrong about the Packers. Most if not all of the players were already part of the team. Look it up. Bart Starr was a 2nd or 3rd string qb. Again you don’t know what your talking about!!

    Nice try to digress and put up team running stats. No one said the Patriots team was the No.1 rushing team or even in the top 10. We’re talking about an effective running game that COMPLEMENT the passing game. Where did the Patiots overall offense come in. You have to add both passing & running games to the final stats.

    The idea is not to become 1 dimensional, which is WHAT this whole blog is about. He had effective running attacks most years and WASN’T 1 dimesional offensive coordinator.

    You are wrong in your premise no matter how you try & twist your argument to fit your latest post to escape the fact that I proved you wrong. Which I always do.

    Still want to bet that Weis stays more than a year at Florida.

    It’s no wonder you and that other idiot BEG always argue. He is just a younger version of you.

    YOU are exactly what he is going to turn out to be in later years. And no doubt you were just like him at his age now!! Both clueless & insufferable fools!!!

    Although it is fun making you both look stupid on your posts.

  17. edgy says: May 13, 2011 3:28 PM

    gatorfan1, do you even have a clue? Lombardi DID NOT coach the Packers for 2 or 3 years, he coached them for 9 so most of the players that he inherited were GONE when he left the team after his last Super Bowl win. A typical team turns over 30-35% of their personnel a year and that’s what happened with the Packers. I guarantee you that the team that finished up that last Super Bowl had more people who he brought in than he inherited. Again, he didn’t inherit a team, make them into winners and then plunge back into mediocrity like Weis. He took the talent, make them winners and kept them winners until he moved on (and then went to Washington and did the same thing but was unable to show more because of cancer). It’s priceless that you even try to compare Lombardi and HIS situation to Weis because Charlie has NEVER come close to being as good as Vince and the irony is that both he and his defensive partner have never done as well as head coaches but both Vince and his DC at the Giants, Tom Landry, both changed the game and became legends and Hall Of Famers.

    Oh and with the exception of his last year when they had Dillon, they weren’t effective. Hell, the only Super Bowl winner that I can remember that had an even sorrier running game was the 49ers first Super Bowl winner. Look, you can put lipstick on a pig and call it Charlie Weis but it’s still going to be a pig. I could give a rat’s ass whether the guy stays there 1 year or 18 because he’s got to be the most overrated coach that I can remember in a long while. People say that the Patriots haven’t won since he left BUT Romeo also left at that time and while the offense HAS gotten better, you can’t say the same thing about the defense.

    Let’s be honest, the Gators would have been just as bad under Weis last year because of all the talent that left the Swamp. It’s no coincidence that the receiving game (and the running game) hasn’t been as good once Harvin left and the receiving corp got even worse last year and with Tebow gone, that completed the trifecta on offense (Add in Mr. Bad Snap and the OL problems). What they need, like Texas, is an infusion of talent and if they get that, they’re going to be alright but they would have been alright with just about anyone if they still had Harvin and Tebow and the OTHER Pouncey, last year.

  18. gatorfan1 says: May 13, 2011 4:57 PM

    Edgy:

    Here you go genius: From Wikipedia with a correction.

    For the 1958 NFL season, the Packers, with five future hall of famers playing on the team, finished with a record of 1-10-1, the worst in Packer history.

    Actually the number is 7 and not 5!! Lombardi was hired 2-2-59. The 7 players include Paul Hornung, Bart Starr, Ray Nitscke, Jerry Kramer, Jim Taylor, Forest Gregg and Jim Ringo. Except for Ringo they all were part of the team until Lombardi retired. He INHERITED…oops there’s that word again, more Hall of Famers than he drafted or traded for the Packers which inlude Herb Adderley, Willie Davis, Willie Wood & Henry Jordan.

    The 1959 Packers were an immediate improvement, finishing at 7-5. Rookie head coach Lombardi was named Coach of the Year.

    In his 2nd year Lombardi led the Packers to the 1960 NFL Title game where they lost to the Eagles. This was the last Championship the team lost. They won their next 9 post season games and 5 Championships. All 7 Hall-of-Famers were
    INHERITED.

    Another EPIC FAIL by Egy…..

    Let’s try again since we’re on a roll.

    New England Patriots under Charlie Weis from 2000-2004

    Rushing offense Passing Offense
    2000 5-11 26 19
    2001 won SB 13 22
    2002 28 12
    2003 won SB 27 9
    2004 won SB 7 11

    No mystery here. Weis took over in 2000 and they had bad team. 2001 Brady took over so they utilized their running game to take the pressure off. So Weiss USED what was available to him and ran the ball more effectivey. Brady quickly became a top 3 qb and as the rushing offense went DOWN the passing offense went UP. No mystery, your best player has the ball IN HIS HANDS. And of course as the team bcame dominant both the rushing & passing offense were in the top half of the football stats….

    But let’s take a closer look…Now Edgy is saying…well whi knows..it changes whn HE is proved wrong…but let’s take a dander at a high powered team during the same time frame who supposedly had a GREAT running & passing team.

    Indianapolis Colts with Edgerrin James:

    RO PO James YDS
    1999 19 4 1533
    2000 16 2 1709
    2001 7 2 662
    2002 26 4 989
    2003 19 1 1259
    2004 15 1 1548
    2005 16 3 1506

    So by your logic or slanted view because you can’t satnd to be wrong or corrected; James and the Colts did not have much of a running game. They consistently ended up in the BOTTOM HALF of the NFL Team rushing stats each year James was their running back; a guy who was a Perennial All Pro Running back and considered one of the top 3-5 backs during his time with the Colts. See numbers mean nothing…but again YOU always put you foot in your mouth. The difference is. you only put stats that slant to you opinion because your to much of a p***y to research and use all stats.

    Again another EPIC FAIL by you. Listen stop arguing with me, you WILL never win; because unlike you, I don’t post to try and make people THINK or HAVE to believe inside me that I’m the smartest guy on the site. You do!!!

  19. edgy says: May 14, 2011 6:11 PM

    gatorfan1, First off you’re dead wrong about the number of Hall Of Fame players that he had. Of course, part of that could be that you’re a lazy researcher and the other is that you don’t know as much about history as you claim. Jerry Kramer ISN’T in the HOF. It’s a damn shame that he isn’t and that Hornung is because I can’t for the life of me figure out why he isn’t and Hornung is. Also, you’re VERY wrong about who was there at the end. Of the 6 HOFers, there were only 3 on his last team, Gregg, Nitschke and Starr. Of the 20 guys that made it from 1958 to 1959 only 5 of them made it to 1967 (Kramer and McGee are the other two). 35 of the 43 on that roster had NOTHING to do with the 1958 or even the 1959 team (3 guys from the 1959 team made it to 1967, Dowler, Jordan and Thurston) and his last team had 3 of “his” HOF and 3 inherited.

    In the second place, do you want people to believe that 7 guys did all the running and passing and kicking and defending and kick returns and kick defending and then took time out to sell popcorn and tickets? You must because you’re putting a lot of emphasis on those 7 and not the others that were around at the end when he was STILL winning. In the end, of those 7, only 3 were there in 1967. He had what amounted to a new team by 1967 and still managed to win a championship AND he went to Washington and was working on one for them before he died. It’s utterly insulting to even have a conversation about Lombardi that leads into some comparison to Weis (and don’t try to pin this on me because YOU brought it up). You’d have been smarter to try and do Jimmy Johnson or someone else at the COLLEGE level because you’d have had a better chance but no, that wouldn’t even help. Weis has simply NEVER developed his own running game. When he’s had to do so, he’s utterly failed. Please show me all those great runners at Notre Dame when he used his own guys because I sure as hell didn’t see them.

    Are you just that dumb or what. In what world did I ever talk about how great the Pat’s passing game was? I said that they won with their DEFENSE and Brady’s ability NOT to turn the ball over. Again, genius, their passing and running game are both world’s better than what they had during the Weis years but their defense isn’t the same. If they had the same kind of defense in 2007, they’d have completed their 19-0 season. BTW, I also think that it’s priceless that you say “ the rushing offense went DOWN the passing offense went UP “ that you ignore the fact that it was 11th in 2003 when the running game was 27th and woo hoo, the running game goes to 7th and it’s so good that the passing game goes down 2 whole spots. Of course, that also ignores the fact that with the exception of 2004, the running game was in the bottom of the league while Weis was the OC, which was MY point. Also, what the hell do the Colts have to do with any of this? You’re so desperate that you’re trying your best to change the conversation. If Tom Moore ever shows up and people talk about what a great guy he is for the running game then we’ll talk the Colts but please, you’re really reaching here unless you can give me solid proof that I brought Moore into this conversation. But, I will point out that Moore got more 1,000 yard seasons out of James than Weis did out of his and the Colts completely screw up your “genius” point because there were several times that the rise or fall of the running game resulted in a completely different result than the gatorfan1 balloon ratio of falling running game = rising passing game (Bet you might want to walk that back OR maybe next time you might want to actually think about your “genius” point before you actually press Submit).

    You’re going to break your arm because you’re running it up your butt in order to pat yourself on the back. It’s too bad that you don’t have a clue and won’t keep the conversation where it was and keep trying to compare this idiot to Lombardi. Look, I’m happy that you’re happy with the fool. But, as I said before, he wouldn’t have been any better last year for the Gators and you have to know that or else you might as well admit that you don’t know a damn thing about football. He didn’t play or coach the RB, TE, WR or the defense at KC and he got far too much credit for what happened there and if anyone thinks that he’s going to come in and make a silk purse out of the sow’s ear that they have on offense then they’re just plain dumb. What they need is TALENT – Percy Harvin, Tim Tebow talent NOT what they’ve had last year.

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