GAINESVILLE -- Florida linebacker Mon Williams plans to transfer after this semester, according to a report in the Gainesville Sun by writer and blogger Edward Aschoff.
According to the report, Williams is upset with his move to linebacker and wants to seek a transfer to a school closer to home. Williams was the No.12 ranked running back in the nation for the 2006 recruiting cycle, according to Rivals. Williams tore his ACL prior to the 2007 season and has been an afterthought ever since.
If Williams indeed transfers, he will be the third running back in less than a year to leave the Gators. Last offseason, South Florida native Bo Williams transferred and so did Chevon Walker. Of course, Mon Williams could always change his mind and stay put, a la offensive lineman James Wilson. Does anyone see that happening after Mon said that UF running backs coach Kenny Carter ignores him? Here's what Mon said about Kenny Carter:
"I feel like since we got this new coach, everything's been downhill," Williams said. "We never talk. Even when he comes around, we never talk. He'll only comment when something bad goes down."
In case you haven't noticed, Florida's offense is trending towards using small and speedy running backs compared to more traditional duel-threat backs. Scatbacks Jeffrey Demps (true freshman) and Chris Rainey (redshirt freshman) both weigh about 175 pounds. Mon Williams, a hulking running back with an imposing physique, doesn't fit that mold.
You know those measuring sticks at amusement parks that determine whether short kids can ride rollercoasters. The entrance way of the Gators' locker room should have one of those red lines next to the door. The sign would read, "Running back recruits taller than this red line not wanted."
Seriously, UF does not want a running back that isn't in the mold of Jeff Demps or Chris Rainey. This is why I can almost say with a certainty that Miami Northwestern junior Corvin Lamb (5-10, 180 pounds, 4.31 seconds in the 40) will consider committing to Florida next season, which will be a major coup for the Gators.
UF coach Urban Meyer has made it clear what he wants in a running back -- small and fast people.
"I talked to a high school coach today of a young guy like that," Meyer said on Wednesday during the weekly SEC coaches teleconference. "We had a staff meeting, about a two-hour recruiting meeting this morning. I'd like somebody to put a plan together without Rainey, Demps, Brandon James and Percy Harvin. Let me see that game plan, it probably wouldn't be very dynamic.
"Size doesn't matter. Part of our staff's reason and part of my reason for taking this job is the ability to recruit some of the finest athletes in the country. The game has changed a little bit. Our way of playing is we believe in space, we believe in speed and we believe in big plays."