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Reports: Early enrollee Florida TE already planning a transfer

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Daniel Imatorbhebhe hasn’t played a college down yet. Heck, he shouldn’t even be out of high school. But the three-star prospect is already planning to transfer.

Florida’s Scout site first reported the news Tuesday, which was then corroborated by InAllKindsOfWeather.com and AlligatorArmy.com.

The return of injured starter Jake McGee plus a glut of depth at the position are the listed reasons for the Suwanee, Ga., native’s departure.

Imatorbhebhe is the second player to transfer this spring, following quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg.

Imatorbhebhe’s younger brother, Josh, was also pledged to join Daniel at Florida but recently decommitted for USC.

Florida Gators lose QB Mornhinweg to Ivy League

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Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson recently visited the Florida Gators, according to previous reports, as he evaluates his potential transfer options. It turns out the Gators have a bit more of a need at quarterback than initially expected.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced on a conference call Wednesday morning that quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg has transferred to Columbia, of the Ivy League. This leaves the Gators with just two scholarship quarterbacks in 2015. Earlier this offseason Jeff Driskel transferred to Louisiana TechWill Grier and Treon Harris were each Class of 2014 recruits and now represent the only scholarship players under center on Florida’s depth chart. Harris was the only one of the two to see any playing time in 2014, appearing in nine games and completing 49.5 percent of his pass attempts for 1,109 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions.

Mornhinweg, the son of Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach Marty Mornhinweg, was a three-star recruit in Florida’s Class of 2012, but at times did not play well with others. The Philadelphia area product (Saint Joseph’s Prep) will now play for a head coach who was a regular on the college football scene in the City of Brotherly Love, Al Bagnoli. Bagnoli was the longtime head coach of the Penn Quakers. After retiring, Penn named a new head coach and kept Bagnoli in the university’s athletic department but the itch to coach was still there. Columbia hired Bagnoli with the hopes of being able to turn the program around. Perhaps adding a quarterback he was likely pretty familiar with through high school will help.

Florida did not add any quarterback recruits on scholarship in the Class of 2015 and have yet to land a commitment for the position in the Class of 2016.

Florida DL Gerald Willis leaving the Gators

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The Jim McElwain Era in Gainesville is offering the entire program and the players attached to it a clean slate. Some players, though, will not be there to usher in the new era. For the second time this week, a Florida Gators player is confirmed to be out of the program. Defensive lineman Gerald Willis will leave the program in search of a transfer, the school announced Tuesday afternoon.

Willis had some rough times during his short stay in Gainesville. The low point may have been the reported altercation between Willis and quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg over a pair of cleats back in early October.

Multiple reports have suggested Willis prefers to stay in the SEC. NCAA transfer rules will force Willis to sit out the 2015 season, giving him a chance to play in 2016 at the earliest. He will have two years of eligibility remaining once he is eligible to play again.

Earlier this week it was reported Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel will be transferring to Louisiana Tech.

Muschamp: ‘no change’ in Treon Harris’ status

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As expected, Will Muschamp took part in the weekly SEC coaches teleconference.  Just as expected, the Florida head coach had little or nothing to say about a pair of off-field incidents this week involving three of his football players.

Following allegations of a sexual assault committed Sunday morning, quarterback Treon Harris was suspended by the football program Monday.  It appears that will remain the case as Muschamp stated there has been “no change” in the status of Harris, who likely would’ve gotten the starting nod for the LSU game in place of Jeff Driskel were it not for the off-field issue.

Other than it’s “a serious charge,” Muschamp declined to elaborate on Harris’ situation. “Our statement on Monday was self-explanatory ,” the coach said.

“We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus,” the statement from UF President Bernie Machen read, in part.

According to a new report from the Tampa Bay Times, the alleged sexual assault started with a group of students, including Harris and the alleged victim, celebrating the Gators’ win over Tennessee. Citing multiple people familiar with eyewitness accounts, the Times wrote that “Harris told the students he celebrated with that he would make sure an 18-year-old woman got home safely.” From the paper:

Harris and the female student, also a freshman, spent part of Saturday night together. The group met up at a local night club. The students, some of whom had been drinking, later left the club and went in a caravan of two to three cars to get something to eat, before some of the group returned to the Springs Residential Complex, a group of on-campus apartments.

According to those familiar with the witness accounts, the woman said Harris sexually assaulted her after they arrived at the Springs, where they both live. Those familiar with the investigation said evidence was collected from Harris’ room.

Harris has not been charged, although police continue to investigate the alleged victim’s claims.  The lawyer for Harris stated he’d be “surprised, disappointed” if his client were to ultimately be charged.

The incident involving Harris, along with a fight between two teammates — quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg and defensive lineman Gerald Willis — outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Monday night over a pair of cleats, left Muschamp to handle what could quickly become twin distractions for his team.

As for the Gator-on-Gator fisticuffs, Muschamp labeled it a misunderstanding that he wishes “both young men had handled differently.”  Neither player will be punished as a result of the incident, Muschamp added.

With Harris suspended, Muschamp also confirmed that Driskel will get the start against the Tigers. Either Mornhinweg or Will Grier will serve as the No. 2 quarterback.

Report: cleats disagreement preceded Gator-on-Gator fisticuffs

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And now we know (a little bit more of) the rest of the story.

Earlier Tuesday it was reported that a pair of Gator teammates — quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg and defensive lineman Gerald Willis (pictured) — were involved in a fight with each other outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Monday evening.  Neither player was arrested and no charges were filed at the request of the two alleged combatants.

Mornhinweg was treated at the scene for cuts on his lips, while Willis had a cut on his chin that didn’t require treatment. A school spokesperson stated that “[i]t was a misunderstanding between teammates.”

Based on GatorBatit.net‘s account, calling it a misunderstanding may have neem a little generous on the school’s part.

The misunderstanding, according to the incident report with UFPD, was over a pair of Mornhinweg’s football cleats. Mornhinweg told a UFPD officer that his cleats had gone missing and been found in Willis’ locker. He went to confront Willis outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium about it, and the confrontation became physical.

According to Willis’ statement to police, he pushed Mornhinweg, who then struck him on the chin. Willis responded by striking Mornhinweg in the mouth.

It’s unclear if either player will face any type of punishment from the football program, with the spokesperson stating that “Coach [Will] Muschamp has not announced any discipline decisions at this time.” If the Baton Rouge Advocate‘s account is correct, at least Willis definitely won’t be punished at this time.

“Willis… is expected to play Saturday against LSU, according to a source close to the situation,” the Advocate wrote. Willis played his high school football in the state of Louisiana.

Muschamp has not spoken publicly about either this incident or the more serious one involving quarterback Treon Harris.  The head coach is expected to meet with the local media Wednesday after participating in the weekly SEC coaches teleconference.