Florida loses second defensive back in a day, this one to transfer

By Adam Silverstein
July 20, 2017
Florida loses second defensive back in a day, this one to transfer

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As if the Florida Gators‘ secondary was not hit hard enough after learning a starting safety would miss the entire season due to injury, the program lost a second defensive back on Thursday to transfer.

Junior Chris Williamson has chosen to leave the program after playing in 14 games over his first two seasons in the program, according to Gator Country and multiple outlets. Williamson recorded five tackles in 2016 and started the season opener but did not move back into that role for the remainder of the campaign.

He confirmed his departure on Friday.

“After putting a lot of thought into things, taking time to talk to my family and God, I would like to announce that I will be transferring from the University of Florida,” Williamson said on Twitter. “I would like to thank the school and coaches for allowing me to get a great education while being able to play the sport I love at the highest level. Also I would like to thank the Gatornation fan base for accepting me while I was here. The friendships and relationships I’ve made in my time here will last a lifetime. I think it’s time for a fresh start and to find a new home. I cannot want to see what the future has in store for me.”

Though the loss of redshirt senior Marcell Harris to a torn Achilles is devastating for Florida’s defensive backfield, the departure of Williamson is less of an issue. He was not projected to start in 2017 and UF has recruited over him with better fits for the Gators’ system.

Williamson is the fifth member of head coach Jim McElwain‘s initial recruiting class to transfer.

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