Gators' TE Mike McFarland to Transfer

The Florida Gators will have yet another player transfer off the squad. Redshirt freshman tight end Mike McFarland from Tampa will be granted a release and allowed to transfer to another program. McFarland marks the second tight end to leave the program in the last seven months after Desmond Parks did the same following a series of injuries.

Florida head coach Will Muschamp made it official Friday with an announcement through the Sports Information Department with a statement.

"Michael and I have come to the conclusion that it is in his best interest to transfer from the University of Florida," said Muschamp. "We wish him the best as he continues his career somewhere else."

The 6-6, 235 pounder did not see any game time a year ago, but was expected to be used this season under new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. McFarland has a bigger frame and could have been a good fit as an extension of the offensive line and as a blocker.

With the loss of McFarland and sophomore Desmond Parks earlier in the year, the tight end position becomes more important for the 2012 recruiting class. The Gators currently have two players listed as tight end on the roster in sophomore Jordan Reed and freshman A.C. Leonard. Sophomore Gerald Christian may be used there as well as sophomore Trey Burton, but there is definitely a need.

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