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Former Florida QB Treon Harris set to start at Tennessee State

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Former Florida quarterback Treon Harris has transferred to Tennessee State in preparation for a battle for the starting job.

That battle ended before it began.

Incumbent O’Shay Ackerman-Carter was granted a release Monday in order to pursue a quarterbacking gig closer to his Jacksonville hometown. He entered both of the past two seasons as the Tigers’ starter before losing both years to injury, the latest an ACL tear.

“O’Shay’s a little dejected, but he said he thought transferring was the best thing for him and his family,” Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed told the Nasvhille Tennessean. “I had a long conversation with him earlier today. He’s been given permission to contact some other schools and look elsewhere. I think his injuries also had a lot to do with it.”

Harris will now compete with Michael Hughes for the starting role. “I’ve still got plenty to prove. And we’ve still got competition at the position with (Hughes),” he told the paper.

In two off-and-on seasons at quarterback for Florida, Harris completed 174-of-346 (50.3 percent) passes for 2,695 yards (7.79 yards per attempt) with 18 touchdowns against 10 interceptions while rushing 171 times for 570 yards and three touchdowns.

Florida QB Luke Del Rio set to undergo a second shoulder surgery

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The college career of Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio is not yet over but the winding road he has taken in the sport is one of the more interesting ones in recent memory.

Well it’s time to add another chapter to Del Rio’s book as Gators coach Jim McElwain announced after Tuesday’s spring practice that the signal-caller would be undergoing a second surgery — this time on his right (throwing) shoulder.

“He’ll be fine,” McElwain said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s not major.”

Del Rio is already out for all of spring football as the result of the first surgery this offseason, one which put his left shoulder under the knife. The injury bug is nothing new to the son of Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, as the young QB missed nearly half of last season with a knee injury. While McElwain downplayed the significance of the surgery, operating on both shoulders of the former starter might be a little concerning to Gators fans hoping for some good play out of the position in 2017.

The news also reinforces that the time is now for either redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks or Kyle Trask, both of whom are battling for the starting quarterback job and certainly will have no excuses if they won’t emerge with a leg up heading into fall camp.

Former Florida lineman will transfer to North Carolina

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North Carolina’s in the running for one SEC graduate transfer after already reeling in another from the same conference.  In the meantime, the ACC school has landed a similar transfer from that same league.

Cameron Dillard confirmed to 247Sports.com‘s Ryan Bartow that he has decided to transfer to North Carolina.  The offensive lineman, who had narrowed his choices down to UNC and Arizona, made the move to transfer from Florida earlier this offseason.

As a graduate transfer, Dillard, who is married, will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 for the Tar Heels.

“I thought about things and it worked out,” Dillard said about his decision. “UNC has a really good plan for me. They’ve sent four offensive linemen to the NFL in the last four years. Everything worked out.”

During his time in Gainesville, Dillard had started 20 games.

In late January, running back Stanton Truitt confirmed his move from Auburn to UNC.  Former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris will visit the Tar Heels later this month.

Former Clemson OL Jake Fruhmorgen transfers to Florida

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Former Clemson offensive lineman Jake Fruhmorgen has elected to transfer to Florida, it was revealed Thursday.

Fruhmorgen chose the Gators over LSU, the lone remaining finalist for his services. He is a native of Tampa, where he played for the powerhouse Plant High School program.

“They’re definitely successful,” Fruhmorgen told Fightin Gators after a January visit to Gainesville. “Obviously Coach Mac has brought in a good coaching staff, good players. They’re doing well. I’ve always watched the Gators – even at Clemson.”

Checking in a 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, Fruhmorgen was regarded as the No. 119 player in the 2015 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Fruhmorgen started eight games for Clemson’s eventual national champion squad before a shoulder injury sidelined him in October. He elected to transfer because, as he told SEC Country, Clemson just “wasn’t for me.”

NCAA rules require he sit out the 2017 season and will be eligible in ’18.

Spurrier on Saban winning Coach of the Year award: ‘Obviously they must have voted before final game’

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We now come to reason No. 3,758 why anyone with a sense of humor misses the Ol’ Ball Coach being a daily part of college football.

January 5 of this year, Nick Saban was named as the 2016 recipient of the Maxwell Football Club Coach of the Year award.  A little over two months later, Steve Spurrier took to the radio waves in an interview and decided to fire a playful shot across Saban’s bow.

That final game was, of course, Alabama’s 35-31 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship game. On Jan. 9, four days after Saban received his Maxwell coaching hardware.

Never change, Coach Spurrier.  At all.

(Tip O’ the Cap: al.com)