Leonard to Transfer

HOOVER, Ala. – After rumors and speculation on transferring have followed A.C. Leonard since he stepped foot on campus, head coach Will Muschamp officially announced that the sophomore tight end would transfer when he was at the podium on Wednesday at SEC Media Days. The two met on Tuesday and will meet again soon to discuss where Leonard will transfer.

"He has decided to transfer," Muschamp said of A.C. Leonard. "He had a set of criteria he needed to work his way back on our football team. He and I both sat down and decided it would be better off for him to transfer."

Leonard's playing time was inconsistent during the 2011 season. As a freshman, he totaled eight catches for 99 yards. His shining moment came as he led Florida with eight three receptions going for 65 yards against Florida State on November 26.

He was arrested in February after a misdemeanor battery count. Leonard's girlfriend told the police that he pushed her to the ground and dragged her around the apartment by her feet and hair.

Muschamp removed Leonard from the team immediately but gave him a chance to work his way back. Wednesday ended an possibility of the tight end fully returning to the team.

"I don't know where he's wanting to go," Muschamp said. "I'm going to talk to him further about it. It was a mutual decision. Just sometimes it doesn't work, and it wasn't working in this situation, so he needs to move on."

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