Purdue QB Austin Appleby says he will join Florida Gators as graduate transfer

By Adam Silverstein
January 4, 2016

Former Purdue Boilermakers quarterback Austin Appleby has decided to move on to the Florida Gators as a graduate transfer, the player announced Monday night. As a graduate transfer, Appleby would be a redshirt senior with one season of eligibility remaining for 2016.

“I have made a decision to continue my college career at the University of Florida,” Appleby said as part of a statement released on Twitter. “I am very excited about this opportunity and all the great things that are in store for Gator Nation!”

A former three-star prospect out of Canton, Ohio, Appleby started the first three games of the 2015 season for the Boilermakers before being benched. He completed 119-of-207 passes for the season, amassing 1260 yards (6.1 per attempt), eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. For his career, Appleby has posted 19 touchdowns and 19 picks.

Appleby decided to leave Purdue in Dec. 2015 and reportedly visited a Western Kentucky practice last month. At Florida, he will compete with sophomore Treon Harris, redshirt sophomore Luke Del Rio and a pair of incoming freshmen in four-star Feleipe Franks and three-star Kyle Trask for the starting job.

The Gators have not confirmed the addition of Appleby as of press time. Purdue Rivals affiliate GoldandBlack.com first reported Appleby’s decision.


  1. SW FL Joe says:

    Not impressive stats but could be a serviceable backup for LDR if needed. Would allow Franks and Trask to redshirt and Harris to change positions and be used at QB only if disaster strikes. Coaching staff must think we now have no shot at landing Eason.

    • senuod says:

      Eason doubled down on his commitment maybe a week or more before Christmas. He also is planning to early enroll…..so the coaching staff is definitely not counting on Eason.

    • Michael Jones says:

      We don’t need Eason. We’ve got Franks. Enough with the Eason talk already. Between the two my money is on Franks anyway.

      With Del Rio, Appleby and Franks we’re good enough to win at the QB position. Plus who knows about Trask. . maybe he’s a sleeper, the best HS QB nobody has ever heard of. Now we need offensive linemen. . good ones. . athletic ones. . 4 stars. . and lots of them.

      I agree that Harris would probably be helpful at another position. . maybe a slot-type receiver.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      I believe you are thinking of Haskins, not Eason, and I would guess that the staff has heard from him to bring in a 3rd QB not named Haskins


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