Florida announces transfers of Chris "Juice" Johnson, Jacoby Brissett

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Chris "Juice" Johnson got flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct flag and ejected from the 2013 Sugar Bowl. Now, he's transferring.

Florida has announced the transfers of Jacoby Brissett and Chris "Juice" Johnson on Sunday through a statement on GatorZone.

"Both Jacoby and Chris expressed an interest in transferring and getting a fresh start," said Muschamp. "We are very thankful for their contributions to the University of Florida and wish them the best of luck."

Brissett's transfer had been previously reported Saturday night and Sunday morning, but Johnson's comes as a bit of a surprise, if only because he saw the field far more often than Brissett.

Johnson was a special teams stalwart in his two years at Florida, playing in all 26 Gators games since enrolling in 2011 and compiling 19 tackles on special teams. Johnson, a defensive back converted to running back, also recovered one fumble against South Carolina in 2012, and had five carries for 35 yards against Kentucky in his only action on offense this season.

Most memorably, lamentably, Johnson punched a Louisville player in the facemask after the failed onside kick attempt to begin the second half of Wednesday night's Sugar Bowl, and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejected from the game. To Johnson's credit, he answered questions after the game, telling reporters "In my mind, I feel like I cost us the Sugar Bowl."

That's far from the whole truth of the Sugar Bowl, and Johnson had done virtually everything right to that point in his Florida career, so it's a shame that we have to wish him good luck in the future with that as our final memory.

Brissett and Johnson join Willie Bailey (transfer), De'Ante Saunders (transfer), Matt Patchan (transfer), Sharrif Floyd (NFL Draft), Matt Elam (NFL Draft), and Jordan Reed (NFL Draft) among players leaving Florida with eligibility remaining after the 2012 season.

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