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Former Florida RB Who Transferred After Kentucky Upset Takes Shot at Dan Mullen

12up logo 12up 9/12/2018 Sasha Graddick
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When an athlete transfers away from a college program, it can be for any number of reasons, both logical and otherwise. From issues with other players or feeling like the program wasn't what they expected, it's not uncommon to desire a different type of fit. And for now-former Florida Gators running back Adarius Lemons, it was simple: head coach Dan Mullen. 

After the Gators lost to Kentucky for the first time since 1986 on Saturday night, ​Lemons announced his decision to transfer from the program... only 34 minutes after the game ended. 

​​Lemons claims that his decision to leave the program was in the works long before ​the Gators' demoralizing 27-16 loss

During the offseason, Lemons had issues with marijuana and earned a suspension for the home opener against Charleston Southern. To prove his worth, Lemons stayed an extra week at Gainesville's Florida Recovery Center under the advice of Mullen. But it wasn't enough in the end.

When Lemons was allowed to play, he had no carries but returned two kickoffs for 47 yards. His decision to transfer is interesting but Florida should be fine without him. The team already has a full backfield with Jordan Scarlett, Lamical Perine, and Malik Davis leading the way. 

Mullens had nothing but support for Lemons, even with Lemons' intention to land with a team within the SEC. But no matter what happens, Gator fans won't soon for get the abruptness of his departure.

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