Tuesday’s football: QB Appleby transferring to Florida

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Purdue quarterback Austin Appleby is transferring to Florida. A fourth-year junior who graduated last month, Appleby announced his intentions on his Twitter page Monday. He would be eligible to play for the Gators next season under the NCAA’s graduate-transfer rule.

“It is now time for me to turn the page and begin a new chapter in my life,” Appleby tweeted. “I have made a decision to continue my college career at the University of Florida. I am very excited about this opportunity and all the great things that are in store for Gator Nation!”

Appleby played in five games this season, completing 57.5 percent of his passes for 1,260 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.

He started the first three games before getting benched in favor of redshirt freshman David Blough. Appleby regained the starting job in the season finale because Blough was sidelined with a concussion.

Appleby also started the final seven games in 2014. The 6-foot-5, 239-pound North Canton, Ohio, native, has thrown for 2,777 yards, with 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in three seasons. He also has 290 yards rushing and nine scores.

... Former Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen is headed to Houston. Allen spent two seasons with the Aggies, who have also seen quarterback Kyler Murray transfer to Oklahoma.

Allen will sit out next year under NCAA transfer rules but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Turning pro

All-American cornerback Jalen Ramsey says he is leaving Florida State for the NFL draft.

... California wide receiver Kenny Lawler will skip his senior season.

... Mississippi State defensive lineman Chris Jones has decided to leave after three seasons.

Extra points

Shane Beamer, the associate head coach and running backs coach at Virginia Tech the last five years and son of longtime Hokies coach Frank Beamer, is Georgia’s new special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.

... BYU hired former Lions quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer as offensive coordinator.

... Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman is stepping down after four years.

... Larry Coker, who built the Texas-San Antonio football program from scratch in 2009, is stepping down after five seasons.

... LSU coach Les Miles says senior tight end Dillon Gordon was injured during what Baton Rouge police say was a fight involving a stabbing in a bar near campus.

National championship

Clemson vs. Alabama

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.


Records: 1 Clemson 14-0,2 Alabama 13-1

Line: Alabama by 7

Series: Alabama leads 12-3 (Alabama 34-10, Aug. 30, 2008)