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UF roster down to 68 as two more Gators transfer

Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:26 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Will Muschamp's debut season at Florida just keeps going from bad to worse. 

The latest bad news in Gainesville: two more Gators have elected to transfer out of the program, bringing the total number of departures since Muschamp's hire last December to 11 and reducing the Gator roster for their upcoming bowl game to 68 players--17 fewer than the NCAA maximum of 85.

The players announcing their decision Tuesday were little-used redshirt freshmen Josh Shaw and Lynden Trail. A safety from Palmdale, Calif., Shaw played in 10 games this season but saw most of his snaps on special teams. A defensive end from Miami, Trail did not make an appearance this season.

Shaw said that his decision was "not a football decision, this is a family decision. I need to be with my family." He missed the Gators' Week 12 game against Furman to be with an ill grandfather in California.

“We wish Lynden and Josh the best of luck in the future and we certainly appreciate their contributions to the football program,” Muschamp said in a statement released by the program.

Despite both players being highly sought-after national recruits when they signed with Urban Meyer's staff in the spring of 2010, their minimal impact on the field in their two seasons in Gainesville suggests the Gators would be all right without them if they hadn't already suffered so much attrition since Muschamp's arrival. With a hole of 17 players already, more than 8 seniors due to leave the roster at the end of this season, and a cap of 25 players per class, Muschamp will have to find a stong handful of early-enrollees to get the 2012 roster up to normal SEC levels. 

It won't come easy, but nothing about Muschamp's first year at the Gator helm has.
Comments

Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:28 pm
 

UF roster down to 68 as two more Gators transfer

Florida football - established 2006, died 2008.

Did you forget the last 20 years when the Gators ran the SEC?

Want to talk about being irrelevent?  Your team, Nebraska,  the last 15 years.



Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:22 pm
 

UF roster down to 68 as two more Gators transfer

It looks like the excuse machine is working early for why Florida will lose whatever bowl game they are in--it has nothing to do with the fact that they haven't beating an actual winning team all year or that they suck, no it's because they lost a couple of players!!!Foot in mouth

moon, did you read the part where he said neither player was playing much or made a difference?



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:59 am
 

UF roster down to 68 as two more Gators transfer

Urban Meyer absolutely owed Florida something when he left.  The university was paying him millions while he was taking time to "get healty again".  He never declined any paychecks from UF.



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:36 am
 

UF roster down to 68 as two more Gators transfer

Your a dumb coonass. Sabans coaches are the best to be had anywhere.  And your just still mad that he got tired of drunk LSU people and left yall.  PS, I dont think that ( assistance ) was the word you were TRYING to spell.




Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:38 pm
 

UF roster down to 68 as two more Gators transfer

This is the same deal Auburn has been struggling with and it kills your depth. It takes 3 years to get guys in the system and mold them into leaders and teachers. Next year is year 4 and we will finally have a decent sized junior class. Tubervile left us with just 75 on scholarship and with injuries it was tough to find enough guys to effectively practice. BTW we had like 5 QBs at one point makes no sense.



Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:02 pm
 

UF roster down to 68 as two more Gators transfer

LSUSMC:

That's the $3 million question: Does UF have team talent, or are the coaches to blame? Muschamp says its the team - they're lazy and soft. The scouting services say we're loaded for bear. I tend to lean towards the latter.

I agree with you on at least one point: None of Saban's assistance are worth anything. I don't know what it is about Saban, but I just can't stand to look at him...

Geaux Tigers!





Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:57 pm
 

UF roster down to 68 as two more Gators transfer

It looks like the excuse machine is working early for why Florida will lose whatever bowl game they are in--it has nothing to do with the fact that they haven't beating an actual winning team all year or that they suck, no it's because they lost a couple of players!!!Foot in mouth



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:17 pm
 

UF roster down to 68 as two more Gators transfer

Come on people, give Meyer a break.  He didn't owe Florida one thing when he left last year.  If Gator fans were told before he was hired "he'll coach you to two national championships and leave after six years" every single one of you would have screamed "we'll take it!!"  Now that he's been lured out of retirement with the biggest salary for any college coach in history, you whine that "he lied to us!"  There's no basis in fact to claim he lied.  If he was suffering from stress related physical ailments, a whole year away from the stress of coaching at a major football power would very likely have significantly improved his health.  And the year he got to spend with his family while only working on weekends during football season for ESPN was exactly what he was talking about when he said he wanted to spend more time with his family.  Now he gets offered $6M plus a year to go back to coaching and you guys want to bitch about how he left Florida?  Take your two BCS championships and get over it.



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:35 pm
 

UF roster down to 68 as two more Gators transfer

This is not an unprecedented thing happening at Florida.  Whenever a new coaching staff comes in, some players leave.  Not all of the players will fit in.  The Florida fanbase needs to be patient, and let Muschamp build his program at UF.  I can understand the expectations to win SEC and national championships at Florida, given the recruiting hotbed in their own back yard.  But even with that, they can't sign them all.  The state of Florida has been a hotbed for the last few decades, and UF hasn't been a dynasty type program during any of that time.  The program has had great moments, but overall it's just been a solid good.  The cyclical wheel has found its way to UF just like any other program.  Florida performed its best decade in the 90s, from a pure W-L standpoint.  The've been outstanding overall the past two decades (1990-2009), with three national championships and 202 wins.  They even had a few great seasons in the 1980s.  

There's no problem with shooting for the stars.  Just remember though, in college football today, the stars are more difficult to reach.  It might be better to set expectations a little lower and not be disappointed as often.  This way, when expectations are exceeded, the accomplishments are more enjoyable.   There's still a ton of talent on this UF team.  Once they get acclimated to the coaching staff and build some chemistry, they'll start winning more often.  If I had a direct line to Muschamp, I would call and advise him to find a new OC.  Weiss is one of those NFL guys who doesn't fit the college game.  He's just not a very good college coach.  He loves and takes care of the kids as if they were his own though, but that's all I'll give him.



Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:29 pm
 

UF roster down to 68 as two more Gators transfer

Florida football - established 2006, died 2008.


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