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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Jessamen Dunker transferring from Florida

By Edward Aschoff

Florida redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker is transferring, coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday.

Dunker, who was an ESPN 150 member and the No. 4-rated guard in the 2012 recruiting class, was suspended in mid-January following his arrest for allegedly stealing a scooter. Muschamp said the two met early Wednesday afternoon and decided that transferring was the best course of action for Dunker.

"He and I just felt like he needed a fresh start, and I didn't disagree with him," Muschamp said. "Didn't really get into where. We're going to continue to work through that. It's his job to finish up strong academically here at Florida."

While Dunker was suspended indefinitely following his arrest, his attorney, Huntley Johnson, said Dunker purchased the scooter for $600, but didn't know it was stolen.

Already on thin ice, Dunker was then cited in early March for driving with a suspended license.

Dunker's off-field trouble was obviously irking Muschamp and getting a fresh start somewhere else was probably the right move for both parties. But it does mean that the Gators will have to stay healthier up front this fall. Dunker was expected to compete for the starting spot at left guard, which is currently occupied by Max Garcia, who transferred in from Maryland last year.

The goal for Muschamp is to have eight to nine able bodies rotating along the offensive line this fall, something he hasn't had since his arrival in 2011. The Gators should be in the double digits when it comes to offensive linemen this fall, but having Dunker in there would have been pretty nice for this team.

While the Gators dealt with a handful of injuries along the offensive line this spring, they currently have 10 scholarship linemen on the roster and will welcome five more linemen this summer, including ESPN JC100 member Trenton Brown.