Football injury update

Florida head coach Will Muschamp participated in the SEC's conference call session Wednesday and updated the injury situation. The Gators have been decimated by injuries this year. Florida has nine players that won't suit up for the rest of the year due to injury including seven starters. Backup quarterback Tyler Murphy is listed among the wounded this week and the hope is he will play.

On offense alone Florida has lost four starters for the year in quarterback Jeff Driskel, running back Matt Jones, offensive tackle Chaz Green, and offensive tackle Tyler Moore. Throw in best deep threat Andre Debose and the Gators have had to find different ways to try and accomplish things on the field almost every week.

The Gators face current injuries now to both backup quarterback Tyler Murphy, who has started the last six games and starting left tackle D.J. Humphries. Murphy seems a slight possibility to lay this week but hasn't practiced yet. Humphries will not play.

"We will see if Tyler Murphy can throw today a little bit," Muschamp told the media listening to the call in. "D.J. Humphries will be out this week definitely."

Murphy is the only quarterback that may be available that has any time on the field as a collegian. Muschamp is hoping he will return. But indicated there is nothing torn.

"He has some soreness in his shoulder," Muschamp said of Murphy. "He had some swelling. It is just some discomfort as far as movement. He has been able to work that out. I think back to Missouri we didn't think he could play, but he got his adrenaline flowing and felt good in the morning and gave it a shot."

If Murphy can't go, the Gators will go with red-shirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg.

"Skyler Mornhinweg has taken all the snaps this week and we feel comfortable with him," Muschamp said.

The injuries have bitten the defensive side of the ball as well.

Florida lost freshman defensive back Nick Washington for the year earlier in fall. Freshman linebacker Matt Rolin tore his ACL in fall camp and will miss the entire season. Red-shirt freshman linebacker Jeremi Powell hurt his knee on the road against Missouri and will miss the rest of the year. Team leader and All-American candidate defensive tackle Dominique Easley tore his ACL in a practice session following the Kentucky game.

The Gators have one other that is nursing an injury from the Vanderbilt game and hope to get him back in starting cornerback Marcus Roberson.

"Marcus Roberson is still day to day and didn't do anything Tuesday," Muschamp said. "Jeremi Powell and Antonio Morrison have surgery today. Antonio had his this morning and we ought to get him back by spring."


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