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Florida Gators quarterback Jacoby Brissett to transfer

Jacoby Brissett, who battled Jeff Driskel through spring and fall for Florida's starting quarterback job before eventually losing out to his fellow sophomore after the season opener, has decided to transfer.

Chris Johnson of Ocala, who played running back and safety in his two years at UF but was primarily a special teams player, also is leaving. He was ejected from last week's Sugar Bowl for throwing a punch after a kickoff.

"Jacoby and Chris expressed an interest in transferring and getting a fresh start," coach Will Muschamp said Sunday.

Brissett of West Palm Beach played in 13 games. He was 41-of-74 for 455 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

There was speculation before the bowl game that Brissett, recruited by former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, would leave. Muschamp has said Driskel will enter spring as the starter.

Brissett's high school coach, Palm Beach Dwyer's Jack Daniels, told the Gainesville Sun that Brissett has a short list of schools he is considering, including West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisville, North Carolina State and Duke.

Murray to stay at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. — Quarterback Aaron Murray, a former Plant High standout, announced via Twitter that he will return to Georgia for his senior season: "Blessed to be the QB for the Dawgs, not ready to leave just yet. Time to get back to work & help lead this team to a championship." Murray, the first SEC quarterback to pass for 3,000-plus yards in three consecutive years, said last week that the NFL's college advisory committee told him he could expect to go in the second or third round of the draft.

Bound for draft: LSU junior defensive linemen Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery and Bennie Logan, and Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson and receiver Kenny Stills will enter the NFL draft, ESPN reported. Bowl: Ryan Aplin threw for 213 yards and a touchdown, and David Oku had a 10-yard touchdown run as Arkansas State beat Kent State 17-13 in Mobile, Ala. The Red Wolves (10-3) limited the Flashes (11-3) to a field goal in the second half.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Florida Gators quarterback Jacoby Brissett to transfer 01/06/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 7, 2013 12:30am]
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