Florida head coach Will Muschamp announced Friday morning that sophomore linebacker Graham Stewart will transfer to a school closer to his family in Connecticut. Stewart played in 12 games last year as a freshman with most of the playing time coming on special teams.
"Graham has told me he wanted to leave to get closer to home due to some personal issues. Family always comes first with me and he needs to be closer to his family,'' Will Muschamp
told UF's official website. "I'm thankful for his contributions to our team and wish him nothing but the best of luck. He will always have my support and backing if he needs any help in the future."
The most well known moment of Stewart's career came when he returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in a win over Ohio State in the Gator Bowl. The 6-1, 227-pound linebacker was only on campus for one season.
"I have some personal family issues that have caused me to evaluate how far I am away from home,'' Graham Stewart said. "I appreciate my time in Gainesville and have nothing but good things to say about Coach Muschamp and the staff at Florida, but some things are more important.
"I really need to be closer to home."
Stewart recorded one total tackle in 2011.