Dwyer Duo Transferring, What Does It Mean?

The Florida Gators were facing a roster crisis when the season began and now that crisis has gotten even worse. Sophomore tight end Gerald Christian and sophomore receiver Robert Clark have both decided to take their talents elsewhere. The two haven't played much in their short careers and both expressed their desire to play more in a statement released from the program on Tuesday.

The Gators started with 72 scholarship players in the fall before adding several walk-ons to scholarship, are now down to 69 ships from players that entered Florida on scholarship. That is 16 below the NCAA limit of 85.

Florida head coach Will Muschamp offered up his best to the two players who seemed to be a positive influence on the program, even if not much of one on the field.

"Both of these players have expressed a desire for more playing time and felt that it would be in their best interests to transfer," said Coach Muschamp. "We wish them both the best of luck and appreciate their contributions to the program."

Gerald Christian may be the surprise of the two as most gators fans will remember his 45 yard touchdown reception to start the scoring fest in the Kentucky game. He also is at a need position, but one that the gators are really recruiting hard for the 2012 class as well. Christian is likely the best blocking tight end and at 6-3, 245 pounds his size and strength will be missed.

Christian was noticeably absent in the three games following his long touchdown catch and that very well may have sparked the decision to leave. He had four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown on the year.

"I'm looking for an opportunity to play more," said Christian. "I have no bad feelings about Florida or the coaching staff, I just want to get a fresh start and see the field more."

Robert Clark would have been a surprise to leave before the season, but not so much now. Clark seemed to be the fourth receiver on the roster in the spring which would have gotten him some playing time this fall. An injury caused him to miss a lot of playing time and never really saw the field on offense this fall. He has played sparingly on special teams and was the punt returner to fumble the punt that led Auburn to sealing the victory over Florida in the Gators last game.

At 5-9, 173 pounds Clark was never the ideal size to play in the Florida offense, but that was thought to be overcome with his strong play in the spring.

"I've enjoyed being a part of the Gator program but at the same time I'm excited about future opportunities to play more," said Clark. "I will have nothing but good memories from my time in Gainesville."

Clark does not have a catch this season but totaled seven catches for 69 yards and one touchdown in 2010.

Down to the 69 scholarships for players that started the year on scholarship, the Gators have nine seniors that are currently playing their last season of football at Florida. That leaves 60 at the end of the year and allows Florida to sign a full 25 scholarship allotment for the 2012 class.

The Gators have had nine players transfer for various reasons since Muschamp took over in December. Senior Janoris Jenkins(CB), junior Dee Finley(LB), freshmen Chris Martin(DE), Mike Blakely(RB), Javares McRoy(WR), Chris Dunkley(WR), and sophomores Mike McFarland(TE), Christian(TE), and Clark(WR) have all headed elsewhere in that span of time. Six of the nine are on the offensive side of the ball.

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