Apr 12, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators running back Valdez Showers (10) is defended by defensive back Marqui Hawkins (29) during the second half of the spring game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Marqui Hawkins to Transfer From Florida Gators

The attrition continues for the Florida  Gators football team after a disastrous 2013 season. Although the team improved greatly throughout the spring, defensive back/wide receive Marqui Hawkins has decided to transfer from UF, according to Zach Abolverdi of the Gainesville Sun.

“I’m just looking for a better opportunity and somewhere I can play offense. I’d also like to be closer to home…I had a great time at Florida and learned a lot. Nothing against the school, I just needed a fresh start.” – Former Florida DB/WR Marqui Hawkins on deciding to transfer from UF

Hawkins signed as part of Florida’s top rated receiving corps during the 2013 recruiting season and redshirted last year after not seeing any action. He was switched to safety this spring in order to get him more playing time. At 6’1″ and 213 pounds, Hawkins will most likely see the field as a receiver wherever he winds up, something he’s keen on doing. He was a three-star recruit coming out of Carver High School in Columbus, GA. Florida head Coach Will Muschamp did not put any restrictions on where he could sign, something that is a bit unusual and a classy gesture.

Hawkins joins TE Kent Taylor, DB Rhaheim Ledbetter, OL Quinteze Williams, OL Trevon Young, OL Ian Silberman, and QB Tyler Murphy as former Gators to transfer to other schools following the conclusion of the 2013 season. We certainly wish Marqui nothing but the best.

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