Florida head coach Will Muschamp spoke to the national media on Wednesday and released the latest injury report. What a difference a year makes in that regard as Florida heads into their fourth game of the year with relatively good health and a minimum of injuries so far.
Muschamp mentioned last week that freshman running back Brandon Powell pulled a hamstring and is working to heal that injury. Starting senior defensive tackle Leon Orr had a minor knee injury that required some microscopic surgery. He also said that starting senior middle linebacker Michael Taylor bruised a bone in his knee and had some swelling and it may require some time off.
He updated the status of each on Wednesday.
“Brandon Powell, I expect to get back next week, he won’t be available Saturday,” Muschamp said. “Michael Taylor practiced some yesterday and moved around. We will see how he progresses the rest of the week. Leon Orr I hope to get back next week, he won’t be available this week.”
The prognosis on Taylor is updated from doubtful from Monday, so that is a good sign for the Gators and the middle of the defense. Orr will be replaced inside by junior Jonathan Bullard moving from defensive end. That allows sophomore Bryan Cox to get on the field as well as the likelihood of seeing senior linebacker Neiron Ball get a lot of reps with his pass rushing ability.
The offensive line played well at Alabama and should get a nice boost this weekend as well. Starting left tackle D.J. Humphries returns to the lineup as well as starting right guard Trenton Brown. Humphries missed the last two games after injuring his knee against Eastern Michigan in the opener and Brown had to leave in the middle of the Alabama game because of an ankle injury. Both are expected back.
Red-shirt freshman Roderick Johnson has played very well at right tackle with Humphries out. He is pushing for starting time on the line even with all of the starters returning. He along with Chaz Green, and true freshman David Sharpe give the Gators solid depth at offensive tackle.
“D.J. Humphries looked great yesterday (Tuesday),” Muschamp said. “We will work through the week and see how they progress on how that rotation will start and go in the game between he, Chaz, Rod, and Sharpe.”
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