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Thursday April 24, 2014 Safety Marqui Hawkins to transfer

Updated: 12:21pm, April 24

Hawkins GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Redshirt freshman safety Marqui Hawkins has decided to transfer from the University of Florida and look to continue his collegiate football career elsewhere.

A 6-foot-1, 213-pounder from Columbus, Ga., Hawkins was part of Florida's 2013 signing class and came to UF as a wideout. He did not play during the fall season and was moved to the secondary during spring practice by the coaching staff.

Hawkins had one tackle in the Orange & Blue Debut spring game earlier this month.

“Marqui came to me and expressed an interest in getting a fresh start on the football field,” Gators coach Will Muschamp said. “He was never in trouble off the field and was attentive in the classroom. We appreciate the way he carried himself and represented the program and wish him nothing but the best of luck in the future.”

Hawkins, who caught 41 passes for 800 yards and six touchdowns during his senior season at Columbus Carver High, chose UF over a list of 15 schools that also included Clemson, Tennessee, Southern Cal and North Carolina.

“I appreciate the support that has been in place since the day I got to Gainesville,” Hawkins said. “I will always remember my boys in the locker room and the coaching staff, but I think it’s in my best interest to get a fresh start playing football somewhere else. I will be watching next fall as the program continues to rise back to the top.”

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