Florida added yet another quarterback option for 2016 to its roster this week.
Austin Appleby, a redshirt junior from Purdue, has transferred to Florida for his final year of eligibility. He announced the move on his Twitter account.
“I have made a decision to continue my college career at the University of Florida,” Appleby wrote. “I am very excited about this opportunity and all the great things that are in store for Gator Nation!”
Appleby will reportedly begin classes at UF on Tuesday, giving the Gators five quarterbacks for the spring. The 6-foot-5, 239-pounder will compete with Treon Harris, Luke Del Rio and incoming early enrollees Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask for the starting job.
Appleby started 11 games for the Boilermakers in 2014 and 2015, finishing his career with 2,777 passing yards and a completion rate of 55 percent. Turnovers, however, were an issue for him at Purdue.
Appleby had 18 touchdowns and 19 interceptions over the past two years and was benched this season after throwing two picks and losing a fumble in a loss to Virginia Tech.
“Austin’s created energy, Austin’s created leadership,” Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said of Appleby. “One thing we’ve always stressed, and will continue to stress, is the importance of taking care of the football.”
Florida coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator will need to work with Appleby on his tendency for turnovers, but he has the size they want at quarterback.
Appleby was an Elite 11 finalist in 2011 and received a three-star rating as a high school football recruit.
— Austin Appleby (@AAppleby12) January 5, 2016