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Redshirt junior defensive end Justus Reed will transfer from the Gators football team, he announced in a tweet Thursday afternoon.
“First and foremost I’d like to thank the University of Florida for everything that it has done for me since I’ve been here,” Reed wrote. “I’d like to thank coach Muschamp for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to come here, and I’d also like to thank coach Mac and his coaching staff for everything that they have done for me since they’ve been here.
“But with that being said I think it is in my best interest after talking it over with my family that I transfer and try to find a new home for the next few years. Thank you GatorNation you’ve been nothing but great.”
— Justus Reed (@_9INE7EVEN_) April 13, 2017
Reed, a three-star signee from the 2014 recruiting class, redshirted as a freshman in 2014 and then appeared in 11 games in his final two seasons. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, he appeared in nine games and logged nine tackles, 2.0 TFL and a sack. Last season, he appeared in just two games and didn’t record any stats, dealing with a knee injury that kept him sidelined for much of the year.
This spring, Reed worked mainly with the 3’s on defense as he gradually returned from injury.
With Reed leaving the mix, Florida is still incredibly deep at defensive end, with CeCe Jefferson, Jabari Zuniga, Keivonnis Davis, Jachai Polite, Antonneous Clayton, Jordan Smith among the healthy options returning. Jordan Sherit, who missed the spring with a knee injury, may not be cleared in time for the start of fall camp but should add a boost to the rotation when he returns. Florida also brings in Rivals100 member Zachary Carter this summer.
Since the SEC Championship Game, Florida has seen running back Jordan Cronkrite, center Cameron Dillard, wide receiver C.J Worton, offensive guard Brandon Sandifer and now Reed leave the team.
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