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Gators DT Jay-nard Bostwick granted transfer release by Florida

Florida loses a little depth on the defensive line.

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Florida defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick has sought and received a release to transfer from Florida, according to Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports.

Update, 1:40 p.m.: Florida has confirmed Goldkamp's report.

Bostwick had been away from the team since the end of the 2014 season while dealing with what Jim McElwain termed "personal issues," so his decision to transfer is no shock. And he wasn't expected to do much in 2015 after a relatively quiet beginning to his career as a Gator: Bostwick redshirted in 2013, and played sparingly in 2014, appearing in five games and recording just three tackles on the year.

Bostwick's most prominent moment as a Gator, in fact, may have come for his cameo role in a saga revolving around something he didn't do. After outlets including The Palm Beach Post and Gator Country erroneously reported before Florida's 2013 opener that Bostwick had been suspended for a violation of team rules (along with four other players who were, in fact, suspended for violations of team rules), then-Florida coach Will Muschamp laid into those reporters in his infamous "church mice in here" diatribe.

Bostwick was later suspended for Florida's 2014 opener against Idaho.

Florida's unlikely to put much in the way of transfer restrictions on Bostwick. McElwain has been open about wanting to help players who want to transfer move on, saying "If they don't want to be here, I don't want to keep them here" to reporters prior to meeting with a booster club in April.

And despite what Bostwick's father is saying...

...I expect he'll eventually leave Florida. Taking an entire offseason off is typically not the way to get playing time or respect from a new coaching staff, you know?

Bostwick's departure would be the sixth by a Florida player for something other than the NFL Draft since McElwain's hiring, following the expected transfer of Jeff Driskel, announced dismissal of Gerald Willis, quieter exit of J.C. Jackson, surprising departure of early enrollee Daniel Imatorbhebhe, and transfer of Skyler Morhninweg.