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Florida two-way player Hawkins will transfer

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Florida is losing a player who can play on both sides of the football to a transfer. According to a report by The Gainesville Sun, redshirt freshman Marqui Hawkins is leaving the Gators and will transfer to another football program. Hawkins could play wide receiver and safety.

“I’m just looking for a better opportunity and somewhere I can play offense. I’d also like to be closer to home,” Hawkins said in a story by The Gainesville Sun. “I had a great time at Florida and learned a lot. Nothing against the school, I just needed a fresh start.”

According to the report, Hawkins says he has been granted a full release from his scholarship and Florida and has been given no restrictions on where he may play next. That would leave any suitable SEC program as an option if there is a program with a spot available for Hawkins.

Florida has plenty of wide receiver son the 204 roster, 15 to be exact, so the depth at the position is not taking too much of a hit based solely on numbers. The Gators list 14 players at defensive back, where Hawkins is officially listed, as well after the loss of Hawkins. The Gators are still on the prowl for players who can make plays on offense though. Florida’s offense has lacked game-breakers on offense the last few years. Hawkins was not going to be that solution in all likelihood though, so Will Muschamp‘s search continues for someone to step up on Florida’s offense in 2014.

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10 Responses to “Florida two-way player Hawkins will transfer”
  1. mydixienormus says: Apr 24, 2014 12:16 PM

    If you had to bet $1000 on Muschamp being employed by UF next year, which way would you bet?

  2. dhardy8207 says: Apr 24, 2014 12:36 PM

    Hey Kev….

    Interesting choice of pics there that you used of Muschamp… Already gives the impression that a massive migraine has already set in at the swamp…

  3. jaydm84 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:02 PM

    May have never seen the field anyway. Especially st DB, Hargreaves is a lick and I have to imagine Tabor gets the starting nod.

  4. overratedgators says: Apr 24, 2014 1:13 PM

    Rat, sinking ship, et cetera, et cetera …

  5. swampcannons says: Apr 24, 2014 2:28 PM

    Nothing to see here, just chumming the waters for the same sad loser trollers’ comments. I know it’s fashionable to hate on him right now but I’ll save my criticism till after a season with Roper as OC. Muschamp has still brought in some great recruits in spite of a losing season and releasing him with no restrictions is a classy gesture. Good luck to Hawkins wherever he decides to transfer to.

  6. mydixienormus says: Apr 24, 2014 2:47 PM

    So Sampcannons would bet that Muschamp keeps his job after this season.

    Noted.

    I’d bet he doesn’t.

  7. coachbeck says: Apr 24, 2014 2:55 PM

    I live in Florida and if he isn’t playing for the sec championship yearly….. There needs to be a change. FSU winning and UF not is unacceptable

  8. swampcannons says: Apr 24, 2014 2:58 PM

    @mytotsoteeny:

    I’ll take that bet all day long. And I’ll bet he has a better season than Chris Peterson too.

  9. tampabayirish says: Apr 24, 2014 4:43 PM

    Very nice that Florida has released him without restrictions. These are the kind of things that athletic departments should automatically do for student athletes. If athletes had even a few more “rights” such as a modest stipend, the ability to transfer without sitting out a year and a full 4 year scholarship (vs a 1 year scholarship that is renewable at the coach’s discretion)…then there wouldn’t being any union talk.

  10. shaunodame says: Apr 25, 2014 8:35 AM

    It would be nice to mention where Hawkins is from. You included the quote that he wants to play closer to home and then include no information on where that home is. Journalism 101.

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