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Williamson to transfer from Florida after two seasons

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After two seasons with the Florida Gators football team, defensive back Chris Williamson will transfer, Inside the Gators can confirm.

A former four-star recruit from the Gators’ 2015 recruiting class, Williamson appeared in 14 games (with one start) and combined for just five tackles through two seasons. His lone start came in the place of a suspended Teez Tabor against UMass, where he was burned on multiple occasions for big catches.

Following the season-opener, Williamson’s role in the secondary decreased.

This past spring, Florida opted to move the 5-foot-11, 191-pound Williamson, a Gainesville, Georgia, native, from cornerback/nickelback to the safety position, where the depth was low considering Jeawon Taylor and Quincy Wilson were sidelined with injuries and Florida’s six 2017 defensive back signees hadn’t arrived on campus yet.

The move is another hit to Florida’s depth in the secondary, as the school announced today that redshirt senior safety Marcell Harris (torn Achilles tendon) would miss the 2017 season. However, Williamson’s role didn’t project to be nearly as significant as Harris’ this year.

Williamson is the fifth player from Jim McElwain’s inaugural recruiting class at Florida in 2015 to transfer from the program, joining running back Jordan Cronkrite (USF), offensive lineman Brandon Sandifer, tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe (USC) and tight end/linebacker Camrin Knight (Georgia State).

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