Florida dismisses freshman DL Gerald Willis III
Florida five-star freshman defensive lineman Gerald Willis III has been dismissed from the team, the Gators announced Tuesday.
Five-star freshman defensive lineman Gerald Willis III was dismissed as a member of the Florida Gators on Tuesday, following a string of off- and on-field incidents.
From Florida football's official Twitter feed:
Statement from UAA: Gerald Willis will be transferring from the football program.— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) January 6, 2015
According to the Gainesville Sun, which first broke the news of Willis's departure, the New Orleans native will look to transfer to Texas A&M. Rated the No. 2 defensive tackle in the class of 2014, Willis was high school teammates with Aggies freshman wide receiver Speedy Noil.
The Sun reported that Willis had been involved in "another altercation with a teammate recently," but that his dismissal was the result of multiple incidents throughout the season. GatorBait.net described Willis's bumpy single year with the Gators:
Willis missed two games early in the year for undisclosed off-the-field issues. He later was involved in an altercation with teammate Skyler Mornhinweg over a misunderstanding over cleats. Most recently Willis was tagged with a late hit penalty on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston so far out of bounds that he was sent to the locker room for the rest of the game, and coach Will Muschamp said after the game that if he were still coaching, Willis would no longer be a part of the program.
Willis did play in the Gators' Birmingham Bowl win over East Carolina, forcing an important red zone fumble. He finished the season with 14 tackles.
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