Former five-star DL Gerald Willis dismissed from Florida Gators
Former five-star standout Gerald Willis has been dismissed from the Florida Gators, per a statement from the University Athletic Association.
Statement from UAA: Gerald Willis will be transferring from the football program.
— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) January 6, 2015
According to Mark Wheeler of InsidetheGators.com, Willis was dismissed because of his involvement in another altercation with a teammate. Willis had previously gotten into a fight earlier in the season with backup quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg.
Despite the issues with teammates, Willis was perhaps more well-known for his actions in Florida’s regular-season finale against Florida State. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive lineman was sent to the locker room by Florida’s coaching staff after Willis head butted and shoved FSU quarterback Jameis Winston when he ran out of bounds and into the the Gators’ bench.
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Then-head coach Will Muschamp said in his post game press conference that if “he were still the head coach, he’d be kicked off the team.”
Willis played sparingly throughout his freshman season, recording eight total tackles, two QB hurries and 0.5 tackle for loss in eight games.
The New Orleans, La., native was a huge recruiting win for the Gators when they run the recruiting battle for Willis, beating out LSU for a prospect in a major Tigers’ pipeline.
Per Zach Abolverdi of The Gainesville Sun, Willis is hoping to transfer to Texas A&M to join friend and fellow freshman Speedy Noil.