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Chris Martin transferring out

Florida coach Will Muschamp issued a statement that Chris Martin has elected to transfer from the University of Florida.

Chris Martin's Florida football career has taken another strange twist. The highly touted defensive end, who transferred to the University of Florida last summer before he ever played a down at California, is transferring from Florida. Martin's transfer was confirmed Friday evening by the University of Florida staff.

An explosive, 6-4, 250-pound defensive end from Grandview, Colorado, Martin was one of the most highly recruited defensive players in the country in 2010. He signed with California but before he ever participated in fall practice elected to transfer to Florida. Under NCAA transfer rules, sat out the 2010 season.

Martin was arrested for marijuana possession in January and there were other reports that he was involved in other off the field incidents. Shortly after spring football practice ended, Martin wrote on his Facebook page that he had been dismissed from the Florida program but later that day he said the whole thing was a hoax.

Florida coach Will Muschamp issued a statement that read, "Chris and his family have indicated that it might be best for him to be closer to home. We wish him nothing but the best of luck.”

Martin is the fifth player to transfer out or be dismissed from the team since Muschamp became head coach. The most highly publicized was cornerback Janoris Jenkins, whom Muschamp dismissed from the team after a second marijuana arrest. Jenkins will play the 2011 season for Terry Bowden at the University of North Alabama. Also transferring out were wide receivers Chris Dunkley and Javares McRoy and running back Mike Blakely.

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