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Florida Gators' former starting QB Treon Harris to transfer

Loren Elliott | Tampa Bay Times



Former starting quarterback Treon Harris intends to transfer after two turbulent seasons with the Florida Gators, the school confirmed Monday.

The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Harris was entering his junior season. He started 15 games in his first two seasons at UF, where he completed 174 of his 346 passes for 2,695 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Harris was indefinitely suspended in the spring for undisclosed reasons but was allowed to return to campus and work out with the team during the summer. He previously served two suspensions -- one for what reportedly failing a drug test and another in 2014 after he was accused of sexual assault by another student. The woman later dropped her complaint, and he was reinstated.

Harris was 4-2 as UF's starter as a true freshman in 2014. He helped the Gators upset No. 9 Georgia in his first career start but completed less than half of his passes that season.

His sophomore season was also inconsistent. Harris competed for the starting job last fall but lost it to Will Grier, then took over when Grier was suspended for failing an NCAA drug test. The offense stumbled under Harris, and the Gators scored only two offensive touchdowns over the final three games -- all losses.

Harris' roster position seemed shaky heading into fall camp. The former four-star athlete was expected to switch to receiver, assuming his suspension was resolved. Luke Del Rio is battling Purdue transfer Austin Appleby and two true freshmen to become UF's starting quarterback this fall.

Monday's news is the latest part of the Gators' quarterback carousel since Tim Tebow graduated. With Harris' departure, all six quarterbacks signed by former UF coach Will Muschamp have transferred. Most recently, Grier landed at West Virginia. 

[Last modified: Monday, July 25, 2016 1:51pm]


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