Posted: 11:58 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
By Phillip Heilman
Florida coach Will Muschamp announced via the school’s website that five players plan to transfer from the program.
Kent Taylor, Rhaheim Ledbetter, Quinteze Williams, Trevon Young and Ian Silberman will no longer play for the Gators.
Silberman, the lone upperclassman of the group, is a redshirt junior who graduates Saturday. He is therefore eligible to play for his new school without having to sit out a year.
“These young men felt it was in their best interest to look for an opportunity to play somewhere else,” Muschamp said in a release. “We wish all of them the best of luck.”
Silberman is the biggest loss for the Gators. He started in seven games the past two seasons along several patchwork offensive lines but was mostly used in a reserve role.
Taylor, a 6-foot-5, 223-pound tight end, once held the most promise of the group. He caught a touchdown as a freshman against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl during the 2012 season but failed to continue developing and did not play as a sophomore.
Florida would have benefitted from a productive tight end. Tevin Westbrook led all Gators at the position with three catches for 30 yards in 2013.
Ledbetter, a redshirt freshman, saw action on special teams in two games last season. Neither Williams nor Young played for Florida.