Monday morning has brought another transfer from the Florida Gators defense. This time it’s an experienced reserve, who is entering the NCAA transfer portal.
Junior-to-be Brian Edwards announced on social media that he is officially leaving Gainesville after two seasons:
— 🅱️rian Edwards (@MDK6ixx) July 8, 2019
This comes on the heels of Edwards having been arrested earlier this spring for alleged domestic violence with his girlfriend. However, charges were later dropped by the Alachua County State Attorney’s office. Gators coach Dan Mullen had said at the time that the legal proceedings with Edwards were ongoing, and that he would wait for everything to be resolved before taking a disciplinary action against Edwards.
Edwards from Miramar, FL, was primarily a special teams player in his two seasons with the Gators, but has appeared in 18 games, including registering seven tackles and a fumble recovery a year ago.
Edwards transfer comes on the heels of several other prominent departures, including highly-touted California defensive back Chris Steele who chose controversially to transfer from the Gators program earlier in the Spring. Steele was apparently upset with the forced roommate arrangement of being around Virginia freshman quarterback Jalen Jones.
Jones was accused of two separate incidents of a sexual assault on the same night in the dorm room he shared with Steele. Steele allegedly broke up one of the assaults in progress according to the police report. However, Gainesville police did not move forward with charges. Jones has also since departed via transfer.
Steele and his parents had met prior to the Jones incident with Mullen about wanting another roommate, and Steele was allegedly told at the time that it would not happen until the summer. That apparently did not sit well with the Steele’s.
Steele initially verbally committed to go back to the West Coast and play for Oregon, but at last check, he is slated to enroll at USC. That’s the program he was originally the “odds-on favorite” to play for them in the first place.
With Edwards announcing his departure, Florida has had nine players now leave their program through transfer or through dismissal for disciplinary reasons this off season. It also means that the Gators currently only have one defensive back on their roster with significant playing time, previously.
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