After the news of safety Marcell Harris’ season-ending Achilles injury, the depth of the Gators secondary took another hit on Thursday afternoon as junior cornerback Chris Williamson has decided to transfer from the program. GatorCountry.com’s Nick De La Torre was first to report the news:
BREAKING: #Gators DB Chris Williamson will transfer. https://t.co/fcjh0z9e5K pic.twitter.com/69PnWMXR8l— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) July 20, 2017
Williamson has played sparingly on defense and special teams during his two years in Gainesville and was expected to compete for one of the starting secondary positions this fall. The former 3-star athlete from Gainesville, Georgia has yet to announce where he will be looking to land to finish his football career.
With the additions of highly-touted incoming freshmen Christopher Henderson, Brad Stewart, Marco Wilson, Shawn Davis and Brian Edwards, the Gators’ defensive backs room has immense talent but hardly any experience other than returners Chauncey Gardner Jr. and Duke Dawson. It remains to be seen what Defensive Coordinator Randy Shannon and Defensive Backs Coach Corey Bell have planned for the starting corner and nickel positions, but expect that some of these freshmen will have to step up in relief of Harris and Williamson who will not be able to suit up for the Gators this year.
After the departures of Quincy Wilson, Marcus Maye and Teez Tabor to the NFL in April, “DBU” will have to reload with youth on the perimeter and get these freshmen ready to play before their meeting with Michigan September 2nd in Dallas.