Two more Florida football players joined the transfer list Thursday, bringing to five the total who are leaving the program.
Head coach Will Muschamp confirmed Gator Country reports that freshman Trevon Young and redshirt freshman Rhaheim Ledbetter were heading elsewhere but added redshirt freshman offensive lineman Quinteze Williams and sophomore tight end Kent Taylor and redshirt junior offensive lineman Ian Silberman to the list.
“These young men felt it was in their best interest to look for an opportunity to play somewhere else,’’ Muschamp said via the school’s website. “We wish all of them the best of luck.”
Of the freshmen, Ledbetter –a fullback who converted from the safety position– was the only one that saw any time on the field, playing on special teams in two games. Young plans on attending Eckerd College in St. Petersburg to pursue basketball, he told Gator Country that he “didn’t have the love for football” that he thought he would.
The departure of Silberman and Williams leaves a gulf in offensive line depth for the Gators. Silberman was a career backup but was thrust in a starting position due to injuries seven times in his Florida career. He will graduate this weekend and be able to play immediately at whatever school he chooses to exhaust his final year of eligibility.
Taylor, a tight end, caught two passes his freshman season but did not play a down in 2013.