It was confirmed by Florida football coach Jim McElwain Thursday that ex-Tennessee punter Tommy Townsend has transferred to the Gator program.
— Florida Gators (@BR_Gators) August 5, 2016
If you recall, Townsend decided to transfer from Tennessee in June. Now he is set to join a major rival of the Volunteers.
Townsend will have to sit out this season as per transfer rules, but will have three years of eligibility left starting in the 2017 season. He used a red-shirt season with the Vols last season, as Trevor Daniel ran away with the punting duties for Tennessee.
What is also of note is Townsend will be joining his brother, Johnny, on the Gators’ roster. Johnny, a 6’1”, 210-pound junior, will be a senior by the time Tommy will be eligible to play. So, it will be a family affair for the Townsend’s in Gainesville.
The younger Townsend, who hails from Orlando, Florida, is a former U.S. Army All-American and was rated as a 3-star recruit and the country’s seventh-best punter in the 2015 class according to 247Sports.
Florida is coming off a 2015 season in which it had a resurgence under McElwain. The Gators finished 10-4 overall and 7-1 in the SEC, while winning the SEC East title. The Gators’ season ended with a loss to Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.
The Gators will begin their 2016 season when they host UMass on September 3, 2016.
In other Tennessee news per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), Vols’ head coach Butch Jones confirmed reserve offensive tackle Dontavius Blair, wide receiver Cody Blanc and tight end Joe Stocstill have also left the team.