Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Florida Gators' Treon Harris set to transfer

Treon Harris' turbulent tenure at Florida has ended, while the Gators' quarterback carousel continues to spin.

Harris, who started 15 games at quarterback in his first two seasons, intends to transfer, UF confirmed Monday.

The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Harris entered UF with high expectations as a four-star recruit and showed flashes of living up to them, leading the Gators to a 38-20 win over No. 9 Georgia in his first career start. He won three of his other five starts as a true freshman.

But he had trouble overcoming his inconsistencies and was plagued by off-the-field issues.

Harris completed less than half of his passes as a true freshman, then lost the starting job to Will Grier as a sophomore. After Grier received a year-long suspension for failing an NCAA drug test, Harris and UF's offense sputtered. The Gators scored only two offensive touchdowns over their final three games — all losses.

In 21 career games, Harris completed 174 of his 346 passes for 2,695 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. UF planned to move him to receiver this season.

Harris' two seasons were also marred by off-the-field trouble. He missed one game in 2014 after being accused of sexual assault; he was reinstated after the complaint was withdrawn.

He was suspended against Tennessee last year and again in January for an unspecified reason. Harris was cleared to return to campus and work out with the team this summer. He was evicted from his Gainesville apartment in June, according to court records.

With Harris' departure, all six quarterbacks signed by former UF coach Will Muschamp have transferred. Two incoming transfers — Luke Del Rio and Austin Appleby — are battling with two true freshmen for the starting job for the Sept. 3 season opener against UMass. The winner will become UF's ninth starting quarterback since Tim Tebow left after the 2009 season.

Also Monday, UF released updated contracts for some of its assistant coaches. Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins is set to push $1 million after receiving a $300,000 raise in base pay (to $890,000) and a $150,000 retention bonus due in February. Only nine assistants in the country made more than $1 million last season, according to USA Today's database.

Collins was rumored to be in the mix for the head coaching job at UCF during the offseason.

New defensive backs coach Torrian Gray signed a two-year deal worth $325,000 in base pay.

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