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Thursday December 12, 2013 Gators coach Will Muschamp announces transfers from program (Staver also departing)

Updated: 10:32am, December 13

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gators coach Will Muschamp announced Thursday that several players are transferring out of the program.

Sophomore tight end Kent Taylor, redshirt freshmen Rhaheim Ledbetter and Quinteze Williams, and true freshman Trevon Young have decided to seek fresh starts elsewhere.

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Also, redshirt junior offensive lineman Ian Silberman, who is graduating on Saturday, has informed Muschamp he plans to play his final season at another school.

“These young men felt it was in their best interest to look for an opportunity to play somewhere else,’’ Muschamp said. “We wish all of them the best of luck.”

Silberman is the most experienced of the group. Used primarily as a reserve, Silberman started seven games the past two seasons due to injuries. Taylor, a 6-foot-5, 223-pound tight end out of Land O’ Lakes (Fla.) High, caught two passes as a freshman but did not play as a sophomore.

Among the trio of freshmen, Ledbetter is the only one to appear in a game for the Gators. Ledbetter played on special teams in two games this season, against Toledo and Florida State.

He signed with UF as a defensive back out of Crest Senior High in Shelby, N.C., the same school that produced former Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes and current UF defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard, a teammate of Ledbetter’s in high school. He shifted to fullback prior to the season but did not record a carry.

Meanwhile, Williams is a 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman out of Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, Ga. He signed with the Gators in 2012 and redshirted.

Finally, the 6-foot-4, 272-pound Young signed with UF out of Braden River High in Bradenton. Also a basketball player in high school, Young was a late addition to the 2013 signing class.

***Update, Wednesday 6 p.m.***

Freshman quarterback Max Staver, who did not play in his only season on campus, plans to transfer.

Staver and Muschamp spoke Wednesday afternoon and Staver later announced his intentions on his Twitter account.

"Thank you to everyone for the experience down there and the support,'' tweeted Staver, from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy. "I will miss my teammates, friends and also the Gator fans. God bless."

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