Florida RB Mike Blakely transfers from UF
On Tuesday, Florida lost its third player to transfer in the Will Muschamp era when the Gators announced freshman running back Mike Blakely would transfer from the program.
Blakely, a 5-foot-9, 198-pound early enrollee from Manatee, sat out all of spring practice recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder.
“Mike has come to the conclusion that the University of Florida is not where he wants to play football,’’ Muschamp said. “We wish him the best of luck.’’
Blakely arrived at Florida as one of the highest-touted running backs in the state. He racked up more than 1,400 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns as a junior in high school.
He was named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2011 and had offers from several SEC schools, including Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee.
While he missed spring practice, Blakely was expected to compete for playing time in the rotation at running back behind seniors Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey and junior Mike Gillislee.
When reached for comment, Blakely said via text message he has not yet decided where he will transfer.
“Everyone at Florida has been very supportive of me in my time here, and I’m thankful for the experience that I had, but I’ve made a decision to continue my college football career somewhere else,’’ he said.
Blakely’s decision to transfer comes less than one month after wide receivers Javares McRoy and Chris Dunkley transferred from the program.
Derek Tyson and Thomas Goldkamp contributed to this report. Gator Country will update this story as more information becomes available.
13 Comments so far
Is Will going to shed any light as to whats going on or just keep saying we talked and decided its best to continue somewhere else?
Was really hoping Mike would have a great career at Florida, but if he’s to transfer now is the time, better for everyone involved.
Ok let him go. Hopefully now we can get another running back in Keith Marshall. That’s what my hopes are anyways
This makes us look suspect, I hope Thomas G. can get us the real scoop on this. Blakely stuck with his commitment and seemed like a good fit for the Gators.
Probably thought he was going to start and now realizes that it is not going to happen, and that he will be pushed with the class of RBs coming next year.
Hate to lose a great talent like that, but he has to do what is best for him.
based on the depth chart and the fact he was an EE does not make much sense???? hopefully we will hear the real story on this site?
Do we have a reporter who can investigate why these athletes are leaving? I definitely feel this is a matter worth an investigative report....
Get the Gator Country Magazine!
Read outstanding, feature length coverage of Gator athletics like no other in a beautiful, full color & glossy print magazine... MORE...
Check out our Photo Galleries!
View thousands of Gator Country's exclusive photos from all Florida Gators sports, including games, events, tournaments, practices and more... MORE...
2014 Football Commits
|Davidson (NC) Day|
|Columbia (SC) Spring Valley|
|Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar|
|Cross City (Fla.) Dixie County|
|Jacksonville (Fla). Raines|
|Deland (Fla.) High|
|New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine|
|Miami (Fla.) Central|
|Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas|
2013 Basketball Commits
|Clermont (Fla.) Montverde Academy|
|Bonifay (Fla) Holmes County|
- OFFICIAL: BASEBALL at GA, Sat 5/18, 2:00 pm (Gatorgal04 @ 01:29 PM)
- Lets talk 2014 DEFENSIVE BACKS (long read) (GATORAZ @ 01:28 PM)
- Dwayne Wade surprises a fan at prom. (Video) (Nick_delaTorre @ 01:28 PM)
- UF vs. UGA Game 3 (Nick_delaTorre @ 01:26 PM)
- Hangover Part 3... (wcj786 @ 01:23 PM)
- JUST IN: Unfinished business for Florida lacrosse (gatorjack @ 01:21 PM)
- Silver Linings Playbook. (GatorPrincess8 @ 01:20 PM)
- JUST IN: Florida dominates USF 11-1 (Solari @ 01:20 PM)
- 5 best football players turned actors (og8trz @ 01:17 PM)
- Is Driskel a Top 5 SEC QB? (philnotfil @ 01:16 PM)