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Florida Gators Lose Ninth Player to Transfer This Offseason

The Florida Gators have an image problem and it might not just be because of head coach Dan Mullen's mouth after all. Sure, the team is talented and has the potential to win a lot of big college football games in the SEC this season, but the rate of transfers from the program is alarming.

Well, it happened again. Cornerback Brian Edwards, a 6-foot-2 junior, has never been a featured player for the Gators, but he is officially gone after an announcement on his Twitter page on Monday morning.

The Hollywood, Florida native, who faced legal trouble earlier this spring, is now the ninth player to exit Gainesville this offseason.

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Edwards was arrested back in May for allegedly choking his girlfriend, according to 247Sports. He was suspended from the team indefinitely until the misdemeanor battery charge was dropped for lack of sufficient evidence.

Still, the reserve defensive back thought it was best to find a new home for his last two years of eligibility.

"First, I want to say thank you to the University of Florida for all they have done for me for the past 2 years. I will also like to thank Dwayne for mentoring me and a special thank you to the tutors that provided great assistance throughout my academic career at Florida.

"Unfortunately, I will be entering the [NCAA Transfer Portal] and looking to further my education and athletic ability elsewhere. This was a very tough decision for me. I have built great relationships, impacted others, and grown so much throughout the time attending the University.

"My time being at the University of Florida I have had some ups and downs but I will forever cherish my time here as a gator. It was also a pleasure being apart of the DBU tradition at the University of Florida. But I'm looking to find a new home to thrive and meet my full potential in my academics and my athletics for my remaining 2 years of eligibility."

— Florida Gators cornerback Brian Edwards

Edwards recorded seven tackles, four pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery during his Gators career as a defensive back and on special teams.

In addition to defensive back Brian Edwards, Florida football has seen quarterback Jalon Jones, wide receiver Daquon Green, center T.J. McCoy, defensive end Antonneous Clayton, defensive end Malik Langham, linebacker Kylan Johnson, linebacker Rayshad Jackson, and defensive back Chris Steele all leave the program this offseason.

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