Orr no longer on the team

Florida released a statement before the Vanderbilt game that Leon Orr wasn’t with the team and had been sent back home to Gainesville. It didn’t take long for Will Muschamp to clear up any doubt about his future.

The Florida coach said after Saturday’s 34-10 win that Leon Orr has been kicked off the team. He met with Orr and Saturday, and the fifth-year starter said he would leave if he didn’t start. Muschamp informed Orr that the plan was for him to be on the field during the second drive, but the senior didn’t like that.

Orr was sent home from Nashville on a bus for being “more concerned with starting than being a part of the team.” Orr’s time at Florida also ended on Saturday.

“Leon hasn’t started since the Alabama game and hasn’t started all week in practice,” Will Muschamp said. “He came to me today and didn’t understand why he wasn’t starting. He said he was going to go home. That was his decision.

“I said, ‘if you go home, you’re done. You’re not a Florida Gator anymore.’ I appreciate Leon and his contributions to our football program. He thinks he should be starting, and I think we’ve been very productive with the four guys that have been starting.”

Muschamp told the Florida team during pregame meal about the situation with Orr and informed them that he was no longer a member of the team.

Orr suffered a knee injury earlier this year and Jonathan Bullard played more defensive tackle during his absence. The Florida coaches liked the way the line produced with Bullard in the middle, so they told elected to stick with it against Vanderbilt.

That’s what set Orr off, and he was dismissed after talking to Muschamp on Saturday. Orr has 10 starts in his career and two this season before the knee injury. He has two tackles for a loss and one forced fumble this season.

“Guys aren’t going to put themselves above the team,” Muschamp said. “Not here.”

With Orr out, Bullard continued to see more snaps, while Caleb Brantley and Joey Ivie got more than their normal number of plays at defensive tackle. The Florida coaches like to rotate bodies on the defensive line, and the loss of Orr will take one veteran body away.

However, Muschamp didn’t feel like it was possible to keep him on the team after what happened on Saturday.

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