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Doug Nussmeier Relationship Could Help Florida Land Transfer Quarterback Ricky Town

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Florida has surfaced as a potential destination for freshman quarterback Ricky Town, following his recent decision to transfer from the University of Southern California. Town was the nation’s fifth-best pro-style quarterback in the class of 2015, according to Rivals.

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The 6-foot-3, 200-pound early enrollee attended St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif., and received offers from Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Texas and a number of other Power 5 conference schools. Town originally committed to Alabama and then-offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier in 2013, but withdrew his commitment in early 2014 after Nussmeier left Tuscaloosa for a lateral move to Michigan.

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Nussmeier accepted the offensive coordinator job under new Florida head coach Jim McElwain this offseason, making the Gators an attractive destination for Town, as the two established a good relationship when Nussmeier recruited the four-star quarterback for Alabama.

Florida has struggled to find success at the quarterback position since Tim Tebow's departure in 2009. The Gators in 2014 finished second to last in the SEC in passing yards (2,159), averaging 179.9 yards per game. They finished 13th out of the 14 teams in that same category in 2012 with just 1,902 passing yards.

— Written by Elton Hayes, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. A Washington, D.C.-based sports writer, Hayes is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and he also has been an invited guest on “The Paul Finebaum Show.”  Follow him on Twitter @EHDC12.