Florida LB Brendan Beal also likely to transfer

By Adam Silverstein
May 12, 2010

OGGOA has learned that redshirt sophomore linebacker Brendan Beal is likely to be transferring along with classmate cornerback Adrian Bushell, according to a source close to the team.

Beal, a Parade All-American and former four-star recruit who sat out the last two seasons with a torn ACL, is “not 100 percent but more like 99 percent” out the door, the source said.

He was hoping to win a starting job in the spring but probably would have been the team’s fifth linebacker behind a dynamic and impressive foursome of senior Brandon Hicks, redshirt senior A.J. Jones, sophomore Jon Bostic and redshirt freshman Jelani Jenkins.

Beal and Bushell (a four-star recruit) would join former five-star defensive tackle Gary Brown (dismissed) as top-rated commitments who have left the Gators this offseason.

Beal and Florida are expected to come to a final decision within a week to 10 days.

OGGOA – 05/17: LB Brendan Beal confirms transfer out of Florida


  1. g8ter27 says:

    Man, that sucks. I had hoped Beal would come in this year and really compete for a starting job. I guess this is what happens when we recruit a #1 class every couple of years and are consistently in the top 10 classes. Hicks and Jones are both seniors but if Bostic and Jenkins are clearly ahead of him I understand his thinking.

  2. ReptilesRule says:

    Now THIS surprises me. I was really looking for Beal to get more and more playing time over this and the next season. He has played well when given the chance and he can definitely be a factor on D. I hope he goes with that 1% and decides to stay.

  3. dp says:

    I just love it when these kids just give up playing for the best college football program because in May they don’t think they will be a starter in September. Good luck playing for some scrub team in the Big East or Mountain West…maybe you’ll make it to the Papa Johns Bowl…

  4. Donnie wise says:

    I have always wished the best for this kid. He strikes me as a gameday type of player. His speed is a question mark but he always seems to be around the ball in practice. Best of luck to the young man if he goes.

  5. brlgator says:

    He should come back play special teams get 10snaps a game at LB. He s one injury away. H;icks and Jones are seniors and done after this year. Its his own fault if he doesnt start in ’11. He ll have to sit out a year. Stupid!!

  6. There are plenty of factors that go into a decision like this. Yes, I have been told it is mostly about playing time, but other things are in play here as well.

  7. npgator says:

    Shout out to Beal – STAY!

  8. Melissa says:

    Brendan Beal should stay! He is amazing asset to the team and I think he could go very far with the Florida Gators! BRENDAN SHOULD STAY!

  9. Realistic says:

    The goal of any D-I football player is to get to the NFL. Sure, national championships and awards are nice, but they are not what these kids are dreaming about or what pay the bills. They all want to eventually be playing on Sundays, not telling their grandchildren about how they played special teams for a championship team. And the only way to really get notice by pro scouts is by playing and playing a lot. The person who is going to start over him is younger than him, which means he has to pray for an injury or hope that kid slips up. Yes, it is the easy way out, but for him to get to the next level, he needs to get on the field and not as a backup.

  10. Brendan says:

    Realistic…my guess is you are Mr. Brendan Beal yourself, if not someone who knows him well, but either way I know you read these things. Yes you want to play in the NFL as you said its every D-1 football players goal but why not prove yourself and stay and fight? You have a lot of people that believe in you, and from what I heard you are a very stubborn person but just listen to what people have to say thats all the Gator Nation wants from you. You will be surprised how much faith they have in you…

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