Published May 11, 2011 - 5:09am
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It happens every year. It happens every time. When a new coaching staff takes over a program with another coach’s recruits and players, some of those players get disgruntled and feel like they have too much to prove and ultimately leave. They perhaps don’t like the new coaching staff or the offensive or defensive schemes – whatever the case may be, turnover happens.
This is the case with the Florida Gators right now.
First, redshirt wide receiver Chris Dunkley leaves Florida. Then, newcomer and early enrollee wide receiver Javares McRoy announces his intentions to transfer.
All was quiet for a while until the news broke yesterday of early enrollee Mike Blakely’s intentions to transfer.
With respect to Dunkley, he was out all of his freshman year with a hamstring injury and ultimately redshirted. It just wasn’t in the cards for Florida and Dunkley.
Mike Blakely was kind of a surprise. Blakely is an early enrollee who did not compete in spring due to shoulder surgery recovery. I think Blakely saw the depth in front of him, and make no mistake about it, he saw that commits Matt Jones and Mike Davis will most likely come in and immediately jump him on the depth chart.
So Florida fans, relax, because there are brighter days ahead. Turnover happens in every program, especially when new coaches take over programs and players who are used to only one type of football philosophy.
It is not time to press the panic button yet, and it would be acceptable to do so if, and only if, quarterback Jeff Driskel were to announce his intentions to transfer. But, that is not going to happen.
Muschamp is only weeding out the weak.