ORLANDO – After watching 11 players transfer in his first season as head coach, you could see why head coach Will Muschamp would expect the worse. However, it’s been a quiet off-season so far with only reserve linebacker Graham Stewart deciding he was leaving the program to be closer to home. A move that Muschamp discussed prior to an appearance at a Gator Gathering in Orlando Tuesday.
“Obviously, we announced Graham’s transfer and are disappointed because Graham was a guy that did the job for us as a true freshman,”Muschamp said. “He did a great job for us on special teams.”
“At the end of the day it’s about family to me and I thought that was the most important thing,” he said.
Muschamp said that Stewart was transferring to Connecticut to be closer to his family and that he was going to petition the NCAA to let him play immediately.
“A family situation occurs like that and you’re so far away from home, you deserve to have the opportunity and shouldn’t be penalized for it,” Muschamp added.
Muschamp also announced that Tevin Westbrook will make the move from defensive end to tight end in the fall.
“We wanted to give it a look in the spring but we were a little short up front on defense.” Muschamp said. “We want to be a multiple tight end team to help create some edges on the run game.”
He added that he feels pretty comfortable with the team going into fall camp and didn’t expect many more changes.
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