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Two new transfers cuts Gator roster to 72 players

Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:02 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 12:03 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A Florida roster that has thinned considerably since the arrival of first-year head coach Will Muschamp has just gotten that much thinner.

Sophomores Gerald Christian and Robert Clark announced Tuesday that each would be transferring out of the Gator program due to concerns over playing time. Christian, a tight end, and Clark, a wide receiver, were teammates at Dwyer High School (Palm Beach, Fla.) before signing with Florida under Urban Meyer in the spring of 2010.

"Both of these players have expressed a desire for more playing time and felt that it would be in their best interests," Muschamp said. "We wish them both the best of luck."

Both players had seen limited action in their season-and-a-half in Gainesville. Christian did not have a reception in his freshman campaign, and ranked ninth on the team in 2011 with four catches for 72 yards and score. Clark had seven receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown in 2010, but had yet to make a catch this season.

Looking at their relative lack of impact, it's easy to say the Gators won't be too stung by Clark's and Christian's departures. But the numbers that might really matter where their absence is concerned are these: their decisions bring the total of players who have left the Gator program since Muschamp's arrival to 9, and reduce the number of scholarship players on Muschamp's roster to 72--13 below the NCAA limit of 85, and several fewer than even probation-addled USC.

Those kinds of depth issues aren't easy to simply paper over (as the Gators' 1-3 SEC record attests), and makes a solid 2012 recruiting class absolutely essential. Once you've lost as many players as Florida has, every additional loss -- whether a starter, backup, or third-stringer -- is an important one.

Comments

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Two new transfers cuts Gator roster to 72 players

skidog-

youre a joke considering you come on here writing crap.....do you know the difference bw a spread and pro style? prolly not b/c youre an  idiot......you need different type of personel for each so tell me how muschamp would od that in less than a season....get a life loser bc you are really dumb



Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:19 am
 

Two new transfers cuts Gator roster to 72 players

Agee. When you have a new coach come in, one that is as fired up as Wil, you will have players leaving. He is instilling a new offense, and the talent Myer left was geared for a spread offense, not a pro style. He also has more disclipline in his program then Myer had, so some of the kids may have been asked to leave, like one of the team top Cornerbacks...They will be just fine, Go Gators!!!



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:51 am
 

Two new transfers cuts Gator roster to 72 players

You Gator fans are a joke.  Over the past few years, all I keep hearing is wait till next year when we have a great class coming in.  Lst years posts were all about how great Driskell would be.  Both of their young QB's look horrible, and I don't think they will be any better in the future.  Florida, over the past few years, is clearly lacking the talent that the other top college teams have. 

You're an idiot.  You should do enough research to know a little about the Gator program before speaking.  Our biggest problem has been recruiting too much talent.  We have not only seniors leaving for the draft, but four or five juniors declare early.  Even more transfer due to too little playing time- not a problem with too little talent, but so much they can't get on the field.  We don't try to force players to stay against their will, like some coaches who oversign and deny requests to transfer.  We let Scam go, even though he was facing charges and expulsion without prejudice.  We could have insisted he stay and face the music, or caused other problems with his transfer, but he went to Blinn College for a year, and Auburn took him with open arms. 

These latest two- you might want to read the release- are leaving not because they are disatisfied with the program, but because they aren't seeing the field due to too much competition.  We have a top 5 class coming in already, and because depth is down, we will probably get to count 5, or six toward last year (early enrollees) and add twenty five to get to close to eighty five.  We already have 16 for next year and 5 for 2013.  Yeah, it's definitely a lack of talent.  Moron.



Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:10 am
 

Two new transfers cuts Gator roster to 72 players

the gators will be fine , I have more of a problem with the current staff at Georgia, Richt needs to move on his attitude is to lacked, Vince dooley was 17-7-1 against  the gators sense he retired Goff,Donnan and Richt are 4-17 with Richt sitting at 2-9 and he really don't care what the fans think,and heand his son Bobo will find a way to loose this week, just watch.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:47 am
 

Two new transfers cuts Gator roster to 72 players

Us at Tennessee know exactly what its like not having our numbers when it comes to players.We had 3 different coaches in 3 years and had 35 players leave in that 3 year spand.It take 2 or even 3 recruiting classes to get your numbers back up.




Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:10 am
 

Two new transfers cuts Gator roster to 72 players

Look at Bill Snyders team..Cats are 7-0 with Juco recruits, and Florida is whining because they are "thinning"? Why is this news, Florida sucks this year,thats why this is news...



Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:21 pm
 

down gator

florida's going to be down for awhile.  meyer left a bunch of talent gaps and attitude problems on that team that muschamp is having to deal with.  They have little real talent to compete in the SEC.  Muschamp better hit the recruiting trail hard---they need a lot more of everything.  It could be 3-4 years before they are good again.



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Two new transfers cuts Gator roster to 72 players

You Gator fans are a joke.  Over the past few years, all I keep hearing is wait till next year when we have a great class coming in.  Lst years posts were all about how great Driskell would be.  Both of their young QB's look horrible, and I don't think they will be any better in the future.  Florida, over the past few years, is clearly lacking the talent that the other top college teams have.  Also, what does a top 5 ranking mean.  Evidentally not much.  Florida's problem is that they continue to schedule very waek teams, at home, withing the first few games, to build their confidence and get the fundamentals down, only to get hammered by the uppr echolon teams.  Gator fans should be ready to fall back to the per-Spurrier ages, when a 500 record will become the norm



Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Two new transfers cuts Gator roster to 72 players

That's what happens when you become another fish in the pond.  Sorry fellas.  USF is lookin for receivers.




Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Two new transfers cuts Gator roster to 72 players

These two don't appear to be team players, and a move like this gives a hint to how unwilling they are to fight and compete. Muschamp will need to recruit hard for fighters. A 3 star kid who is willing to fight for a position is often more valuable than a 5 star talent who just wants the playing time. Muschamp needs to start rebuilding a core of unselfish fighters, who play for the team at any capacity, so long as it helps the team. I wish Florida luck in their rebuilding.


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