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April 24, 2013

Boynton Beach native Jessamen Dunker to transfer from Florida

Still dealing with the fallout from a felony arrest earlier this year, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker will transfer from Florida, coach Will Muschamp announced Wednesday.

A graduate of Boynton Beach High, Dunker was arrested in January and charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle after he was pulled over by campus police on a scooter that was reported stolen. Dunker was suspended indefinitely following the arrest, but a return to the roster was expected at the time.

That door slammed shut Wednesday with Muschamp's announcement that Dunker would leave the program after just one season. According to Muschamp, he and Dunker sat down to discuss his future and the two came to the conclusion that it wasn't going to work out in Gainesville.

"He's got some pretty well-documented off the field issues and he needs a fresh start," Muschamp said. "He felt like he needed a fresh start and I didn't disagree with him."

In addition to the legal trouble, Dunker also was not well-liked by his teammates and struggled to fit in while at Florida, according to multiple reports. He did not play in a game as a freshman after coming to the Gators as the nation's No. 4 offensive guard and the No. 46 overall recruit in the country, according to ESPNU.

It is not yet known where Dunker will seek to transfer.

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