Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 5/4/12
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Sophomore linebacker Graham Stewart had his most memorable moment as a Gator in the Gator Bowl when he returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against Ohio State. It turns out that was also Stewart's final game at Florida. Gators coach Will Muschamp announced Friday that Graham needs to leave the program to transfer closer to his family in Connecticut. "Graham has told me he wanted to leave to get closer to home due to some personal issues. Family always comes first with me and he needs to be closer to his family,'' Muschamp said. "Im thankful for his contributions to our team and wish him nothing but the best of luck. He will always have my support and backing if he needs any help in the future." Stewart played in 12 games as a true freshman, serving primarily on special teams. The Gators tinkered during spring practice with using Stewart as a reserve fullback to utilize his athleticism. A 6-foot-1, 227-pound member of Florida's 2011 recruiting class, Stewart helped lead Xavier High in Middleton, Conn., to a state title as a senior. He also entertained offers from Boston College, UConn, Iowa, Syracuse and Temple before signing with the Gators. Stewart said he enjoyed his experience with the Gators. "I have some personal family issues that have caused me to evaluate how far I am away from home,'' he said. "I appreciate my time in Gainesville and have nothing but good things to say about Coach Muschamp and the staff at Florida, but some things are more important. "I really need to be closer to home."
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