It is something Florida fans, coaches and the team are used to hearing about dating back to last season.
While the Gators haven’t approached the emergency status of last season, there were a few key cogs in the arsenal that went down last Saturday and will miss at least a couple of game and more as we move forward.
On offense, the Gators lost tight end Jake McGee during the first half of Saturday’s game with Eastern Michigan with a broken tibia and fibula, then lost starting left tackle D.J. Humphries to a bone chip in his leg and a high ankle sprain. On Wednesday, head coach Will Muschamp reiterated their status.
Jake McGee is out for the season,” Muschamp said. “D.J. Humphries will be out this week and probably won’t get him prior to the open week.
Unfortunately the injury bug hot again in the game, but the status of freshman cornerback J.C. Jackson wasn’t known for sure until today.
“J.C. Jackson will have surgery on his shoulder next week,” Muschamp said. “He had a labrum issue from high school that was repaired and continues to slip out. He possibly could have continued to push through the season, but we felt like at his young age we need to get it fixed and move forward. He is a guy that was certainly going to help on special teams and at corner is going to be an outstanding player.”
The Gators are thin and very inexperienced at cornerback, but talented. Brian Poole will start again this week at the position along with All-American Vernon Hargreaves. After that, the only two scholarship players listed that should get playing time at the position are Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson. Both are true freshmen that have come in with varying amounts of successful talk already this fall. Regardless, the numbers are tight.
With Humphries out for at least the next two games, the Gators will roll with starting right tackle Chaz Green moving over to left tackle and reserve red-shirt freshman Roderick Johnson moving in to start at right tackle. True freshman David Sharpe and senior Trenton Brown are two players they feel confident to back up the starters.
“Chaz is a guy that can play both sides,” Muschamp said of Green. “We prepare through camp for these type of situations if they pop up. He certainly will be very effective at left tackle and we expect Rod to play well at the right tackle as well.”