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Things Go From Bad To Worse For Florida’s Muschamp

NCAA Football: Jacksonville State at FloridaThird-year Florida coach Will Muschamp managed to hold onto his job following an injury-riddled 4-8 campaign.  The unstated goal is pretty clear: Fix the offense and show big improvement next year.

That might not be as easy as Muschamp would hope.

Gator quarterback Tyler Murphy — who filled in for the injured Jeff Driskel before succumbing to injury himself — has decided to transfer.  Murphy had been rumored to be leaving all week, but he denied those stories to his coach… before the dropping the bomb.  As a graduate, he can transfer and play immediately elsewhere.

Freshman quarterback Max Staver is also transferring from Gainesville.  Add ‘em up and it means Florida’s offense will have Driskel back and up-until-now third-stringer Skyler Mornhinweg as scholarship signal-callers in 2014.  UF is also expected to sign blue-chip prospect Will Grier, but at this point, who knows?

Since the end of the regular season, Murphy, Staver, fullback Rhaheim Ledbetter, tight end Kent Taylor and offensive linemen Quinteze Williams, Trevon Young and Ian Silberman have all made the decision to leave the Gator program.  Muschamp also fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis.

All those departures open up room for signees in this year’s class, but in a back-to-the-wall season, the last thing a coach needs is inexperienced youth combined with a brand spanking new O-coordinator teaching a new system.  Muschamp will get his chance to turn things around.  But the odds of him actually doing so are growing longer.

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Florida Adds Defensive Back To 2012 Class

Florida received a commitment from defensive back Marcus Maye from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, Fla.

The commitment from Maye, who’s considered a four-star prospect and the 13th-best safety in the nation by ESPN.com, wasn’t a surprise. The Gators had long been considered the favorite to land Maye.

I would say Florida has always been in the picture,” he said. “It was pretty much between Florida and Florida State. Florida has been at the top for a while.”

Maye is the 15th prospect to commit to Florida’s class of 2012 and second defensive back to do so in the last week. Rhaheim Ledbetter committed to the Gators last week.
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Cousin Of Brandon Spikes Commits To Florida

Florida has received a commitment from defensive back Rhaheim Ledbetter from Boiling Spring (N.C.) Crest High School.

Ledbetter, who’s the cousin of former Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes, chose the Gators over offers from South Carolina, Auburn, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Clemson.

“It did really come down to Florida and South Carolina but Florida is just where I want to be,” Ledbetter told 247Sports.com. “They are like family. That is what my family thinks is best for me as well. The whole coaching staff is great. There is just something about Florida that I love.”

Florida would have seemed like an easy choice to many considering Ledbetter’s connection to Spikes. Ledbetter insisted that played only a small role.

“That didn’t really have that much to do with my decision,” Ledbetter said. “I’ve talked to him about it and he has always told me to do what is best for me. It didn’t play a big role but I will say it did have a little to do with it.”

Rhaheim, who is Florida’s 14th commitment for the class of 2012, is considered a four-star prospect and the nation’s ninth-best safety by ESPN.com.

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