UM-Florida in '02: Grossman vs. Berlin?

Brock Berlin has informed a school official the Florida-Maryland Orange Bowl game will be his last in a Gators uniform and that coming to the University of Miami tops his list of transfer options. Berlin declined comment through the Florida sports information office.

Berlin, regarded as the nation's top recruit coming out of Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian High two years ago, would have to sit out next season as a requirement by the NCAA before having two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Berlin would be cleared to play by 2003 and would avoid having to play behind current UM starting quarterback Ken Dorsey, a junior. Berlin, a sophomore, would most likely be a candidate for the starting job along with Hurricanes' quarterbacks Derrick Crudup and Buck Ortega.

The 6-1, 205-pound Berlin has been used exclusively as a backup to sophomore Rex Grossman in his first two seasons at the University of Florida. Berlin could not beat out Grossman this past summer for the job. In eight games this year, Berlin was 36-of-60 for 483 yards with nine touchdown passes.

As a freshman Berlin was mostly relegated to the sidelines, only playing in four of 12 regular season games. Berlin completed 17 of 27 passes for 170 yards and two TD passes.

"I'm ready to explore other options," Berlin told the Orlando Sentinel in an interview last week. "Some things haven't worked the way I thought and I'm going to see what's out there for me. I'm just looking for the right fit" Florida head coach Steve Spurrier said at a news conference in Miami last week that he would support any decision Berlin would make, including the possibility of transferring to Miami.

"I'm all for what's best for Brock and wherever that may be is fine," said Spurrier. "I would never instruct any kid not to go to Florida State, Miami or any other school in the SEC." UM head coach Larry Coker did not comment, although the coaching staff is pleased with the progress of Crudup and Ortega this year.

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