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DT John Brown expected to transfer

Urban Meyer said on Thursday that he doesn't expect John Brown to be enrolled at UF much longer.

Florida coach Urban Meyer doesn't expect John Brown to be on his team next season. Meyer told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday morning in Tallahassee that he expects Brown to transfer. Spring practice begins on March 25.

Brown Meyer was in Tallahassee on Thursday morning to celebrate the Gators' 2008 national championship with Florida governor Charlie Crist, a Florida State grad. Quarterback Tim Tebow and linebacker Ahmad Black also flew to Tallahassee for breakfast with the governor and many other state politicans.

[PICTURED, John Brown is probably a goner.] 

Always an academic risk, Brown has struggled with the rigors of being a full-time football player and a full-time student since high school. He needed summer school for several core courses after his senior year of high school at Lakeland just to qualify for admittance to the University of Florida. Reading between the lines on this one, Brown probably isn't going to be academically eligible to compete with the football team next season.

It's a tough blow for the Meyer, who took a risk on Brown because he was such a talented high school prospect. Brown was a five-star recruit and rated the No.3 defensive-tackle recruit in the nation in 2007. But he never panned out, redshirting his freshman season because of one injury and then missing the entire 2008 season with another injury.

Brown was one of six members of 2006 Lakeland Dreadnaughts football team to sign with UF in 2007. The list included Brown, safety Ahmad Black, running back Chris Rainey, receiver Paul Wilson and offensive lineman Mike and Maurkice Pouncey. Another 2006 Dreadnaught, fullback Steven Wilks is a UF walk-on.



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