Staver to leave Florida

After just one semester at the University of Florida, freshman quarterback Max Staver has decided to transfer away from the university according to his father, Bob Staver.

“Max and my family are thankful for the opportunity at Florida,” Bob Staver told Gator Country “And even though he’s transferring, he’s proud to be a Gator.”

A 6’6”, 238-pound quarterback from Brentwood Academy in Tennessee, Staver spent his first season on campus watching from the sidelines as he redshirted. Despite losing both Jeff Driskel and Tyler Murphy to injury throughout the season, Will Muschamp and former offensive coordinator Brent Pease would not play Staver in an effort to save a year of eligibility.

With the departure of Pease this past week, Staver was informed that the offense would be changing to more of a spread system next season, something the staff felt did not mesh well with his abilities.

“Coach Muschamp informed us that they were going with the spread offense [next season]” Staver’s father said. “And in his mind, Max didn’t fit that offense.”

It was unclear at this point what restrictions , if any, would be tied to Staver’s transfer and the Staver family didn’t have any potential new schools in mind yet.

Staver’s departure leaves Florida with four scholarship quarterbacks (including Will Grier who will enroll this spring) on the roster. Jeff Driskel will presumably take redshirt for last season and be a redshirt junior heading into 2014. Tyler Murphy is on pace to graduate this semester and would need to find a graduate program at Florida to continue playing next season and Skyler Mornhinweg will be a redshirt sophomore.

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Nick de la Torre
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