Monday, December 1, 2003
Martin to visit I-AA schools
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Gators quarterback Ingle Martin
has asked to be released from his scholarship so he can transfer to
Gators coach Ron Zook said Monday that Martin, who started the
first four games of the season before losing his job to Chris Leak,
wants to leave the program.
Martin will leave the team before its bowl game.
"I need the time to figure out what I'm going to do," Martin
told Florida Today. "I felt like that there was no other choice. I
didn't feel like I was done yet. I wanted to play and I feel like I
No. 16 Florida (8-4) will head into its bowl game with freshman
Gavin Dickey as its backup. Dickey once considered transferring at
the beginning of the season but decided to stay.
The quarterback's father, Harry, said that Martin would visit
five Division I-AA schools: Furman, Richmond, Pennsylvania, Yale
By transferring to a Division I-AA school, Martin would be able
to play next fall and would have two years of eligibility
remaining. If he transferred to a Division I-A school, he would
have to sit out one season under NCAA rules and would have only one
year of eligibility left in 2005.
Martin went 2-2 as a starter, completing 61 percent of his
passes with three touchdowns and two interceptions while sharing
time with Leak. But the redshirt sophomore never played again after
Zook named Leak the full-time starter after a 24-10 loss to
Leak, a freshman, has led Florida to a 6-2 record, a three-way
tie for first in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division and
a likely January bowl game.
Martin, from Nashville, Tenn., will be the second Florida
quarterback to leave this year. Patrick Dosh transferred to East
Carolina at the end of spring drills.