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Gators lose a pair to transfer

Gerald Christian, Martavius Neloms

Unhappiness over playing time, or lack thereof, has led to two players parting ways with the Florida football program.

In a release, UF confirmed that tight end Gerald Christian and wide receiver Robert Clark have asked for and been granted a release from their scholarships.  Both players were recruited by former head coach Urban Meyer and his coaching staff.

As noted by Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post, Christian and Clark are the eighth and ninth players to leave the program since Will Muschamp took over for Meyer in January.

“Both of these players have expressed a desire for more playing time and felt that it would be in their best interests to transfer,” Muschamp said in a statement.. “We wish them both the best of luck and appreciate their contributions to the program.”

Christian was a four-star member of the Gators’ 2010 recruiting class, and the No. 2 TE in the country.  This season he had four receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown, but did not see the field near enough to his liking and will attempt to find another situation that will afford more substantial playing time.

“I’m looking for an opportunity to play more,” said Christian. “I have no bad feelings about Florida or the coaching staff, I just want to get a fresh start and see the field more.”

Clark, on the hand, had no catches this season after hauling in seven for 69 yards and a touchdown as a true freshman last season.

“I’ve enjoyed being a part of the Gator program but at the same time I’m excited about future opportunities to play more,” Clark said. “I will have nothing but good memories from my time in Gainesville.”

It’s unknown at this point in time where either player might ultimately land.

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7 Responses to “Gators lose a pair to transfer”
  1. canetic says: Oct 26, 2011 8:54 AM

    Recruits take note. Promises are made but not kept in gainesville.

  2. burntorangehorn says: Oct 26, 2011 9:43 AM

    canetic, I’m not typically a defender of Florida, but Muschamp didn’t make these guys any promises while the school was recruiting them, because he was coaching at Texas at the time.

    If you want to argue that Urban Meyer didn’t keep promises because he “retired” last off-season, then maybe that’d be more reasonable, but you can’t say Muschamp is reneging on promises he made to these guys in recruitment.

  3. soflatrojan says: Oct 26, 2011 9:49 AM

    I read yesterday that over 25% of the 2010 Gators recruiting class has transferred. That was an unbelievable class UM put together that year. So far it looks like Elam and Floyd were the gems of that class.

  4. mydixienormus says: Oct 26, 2011 10:30 AM

    So could these guys transfer to another SEC School?

    Don’t some schools put conditions on transferring like that?

  5. whyalwaysthehate says: Oct 26, 2011 11:14 AM

    The problem for these guys is that they can’t break into a line up of a very average SEC team. Good luck at Louisville.

  6. mydixienormus says: Oct 26, 2011 11:16 AM

    Do you mean the recruiting rating system is flawed???????

    No way!

  7. blitz4848 says: Oct 26, 2011 12:02 PM


    Yes they can transfer too any SEC–they have to sit a year but that’s an NCCA rule. Florida NEVER exercises their option to block them for any SEC or any other school for that matter!


    Why say things that make yourself look so stupid!
    Muchamp,Weiss and Quinn came to the Gators and declared there were no depth charts from the past. All positions were up for grabs and spring practice would start the process anew.

    Both Clark and Christian had many chances and they “played” there way to the 3rd string and very little field time.


    You are correct the transfer rate of the 2010class is right around 25% but that only equates to 6 players. It will go up as several more will transfer out after this season.

    ALL those players not only were recruited by Urban Meyer but they were signed for a spread offense and that will totally go the way of the dinosaur in Gainesville as Muschamp and Weiss bring in more and more Pro style players.

    The Gators had “70” sophs and freshman to start the season so there will be unhappy players that want to try their luck somewhere else because the shear numbers dictate you can’t keep everyone happy……..

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