For the second time this offseason, Florida’s depth at defensive back has taken a hit as junior Brian Edwards announced his plans to leave the program via transfer on Monday.

Edwards decision follows the much-publicized departure of star freshman defensive back Chris Steele, who left after his only spring in Gainesville. With Edwards now gone from the program, Florida’s depth at defensive back is poised to be tested next season.

In his two seasons on the field for Florida, Edwards appeared in 18 games playing defense and special teams. While he did not project to start next season, he looked to be one of the most experienced backups for a secondary that features some of the best starters in the conference but not much behind those standout players.

The defensive back made headlines this offseason as he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery. Those charges were later dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

Edwards announced his decision with the following statement on Twitter:

“First, I want to say thank you to the University of Florida for all they have done for me for the past two years. I will also like to thank Dwayne for mentoring me and a special thank you to the tutors that provided great assistance throughout my academic career at Florida. Unfortunately, I will be entering the transfer portal and looking to further my education and athletic ability elsewhere. This was a very tough decision for me. I have built great relationships, impacted others, and grown so much throughout the time attendin the University. My time being at the University of Florida I have had some ups and downs but I will forever cherish my time here as a Gator. It was also a pleasure being apart of DBU tradition at the University of Florida. But I’m looking to find a new home to thrive and meet my full potential in my academic and my athletics for my remaining two years of eligibility.”