Willis transferring from Florida

Three days after Florida’s Birmingham Bowl win over East Carolina, a defensive lineman has elected to transfer from the program.

Gerald Willis surprised many when he picked Florida over instate power LSU last January, but his time at Florida is over and that Willis has elected to transfer. The subject was also brought up on the FightinGators message board on Tuesday afternoon.

Jim McElwain is set to address the media on Wednesday morning.

Willis played in eight games for Florida in 2014, making 14 tackles with 0.5 tackles for a loss. The freshman recorded two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. The numbers weren’t overly impressive, but he showcased the talent and athleticism that made him a five-star prospect in high school.

But the problems didn’t involve his talent. He couldn’t stay out of trouble during his time in Gainesville and that was ultimately what ended his time at Florida.

The freshman was involved in a fight with backup quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg outside the football stadium on October 6. The fight involved Mornhinweg’s football cleats, which were found in Willis’ locker. Will Muschamp called it a misunderstanding between teammates and no discipline was announced.

In Florida’s regular season finale in Tallahassee, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston kept the ball and ran out of bounds in the Florida sideline at the end of a play in the first half. While trying to slow down, Winston was greeted with a two-hand shove to the face from Willis. The freshman was sent to the locker room immediately by the coaching staff, and Muschamp said after the game that if he was going to be head coach in 2015, Willis would be kicked off the team.

He remained on the roster and made four tackles to add with a crucial forced fumble at the one-yard line against East Carolina on Saturday.

The Florida defensive line in 2015 got good news on Monday when Jonathan Bullard announced he would stay in school and play with the Gators as a senior.

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