Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UF Lineman Will Transfer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UF Lineman Will Transfer

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University of Florida offensive lineman James Wilson, a former Nease High School standout, is unhappy in Gainesville and will transfer.

Wilson said Friday that he asked for a release from his scholarship but did not know which school he wants to attend.

"I've got a few schools in mind," said Wilson, who redshirted as a freshman last season after undergoing surgery on his left knee to repair loose cartilage. "It [UF] really just wasn't for me.

"[Coach] Urban [Meyer] tried to convince me to stay. I was supposed to start [in 2008] but my heart's not there anymore."

Wilson (6 feet 5, 305 pounds) said he would like to play at a smaller school, and that could mean Wake Forest is a candidate. The Demon Deacons have 13 Jacksonville-area players on their roster, including former four former Nease players: linebacker Hunter Haynes, quarterback Ted Stachitas, defensive lineman Ramon Booi and linebacker Riley Haynes.

Wilson was a member of the Times-Union's Super 24 team and was rated the No. 1 offensive guard and No. 2 overall prospect by Rivals.com in 2007.

ATP SUSPENDS LUZZI FOR BETTING

Federico Luzzi was suspended 200 days and fined $50,000 by the ATP on Friday for betting 273 times on tennis matches.

The ATP also said Luzzi placed one bet on himself.

The ATP began its investigation in August 2007 and found Luzzi bet 273 times on 836 matches between May 2004 and April 2007.

Luzzi has an 18-31 career singles record.

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