GAINESVILLE — Florida announced Thursday five players are transferring.
A sixth player has also announced, without the school’s confirmation, that he is leaving — freshman quarterback Max Staver. Staver said he does not fit the new offense UF will be using in 2014. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease was let go and a replacement has not yet been named.
Official confirmations were sophomore tight end Kent Taylor (Land O’ Lakes), redshirt freshmen fullback Rhaheim Ledbetter and offensive tackle Quinteze Williams, and true freshman Trevon Young, another offensive tackle. All will be released from scholarships to move on to other schools. Only Ledbetter saw any action this past season, playing in two games.
The Gators also lost a third lineman, junior guard Ian Silberman, who will graduate Saturday and play elsewhere for his final year of eligibility.
David Jones, Florida Today
Texas’ Brown: ‘My situation has not changed’
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas coach Mack Brown declined to say Thursday whether the Alamo Bowl will be his final game, amid intense speculation following another disappointing season that began with the Longhorns talking about becoming national championship contenders again.
“My situation has not changed,” Brown said.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since multiple published reports this week indicated that he might step down, Brown said he has yet to talk with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and university President Bill Powers about the job he has held since 1998.
Brown deflected several other questions about his future during a news conference in San Antonio about Texas’ bowl game against Oregon on Dec. 30.
“I want to sit down with (Patterson) and Bill in the near future and talk about where we’re going and where our program is going,” Brown said.
In Austin, Powers reasserted his support for Brown and said they planned to speak in the coming days.
SOUTH FLORIDA: Sophomore quarterback Matt Floyd was honored with the Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award at the fourth annual Premier Players of College Football banquet at the Hilton Downtown Tampa Hotel on Thursday.