Gators' OLine injuries cause major shuffle

Jim McElwain announced Monday during his weekly press conference that the Florida offensive line will be out at least one starter for this week's Homecoming game with Vanderbilt, and may miss two.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced Monday that starting left tackle David Sharpe will miss the Vanderbilt game this week. Sharpe injured his foot in the game against Georgia and is currently in a boot. McElwain also said that freshman starting left guard Martez Ivey aggravated the knee he had arthroscopic surgery on in August and will miss some practice time and maybe also miss the game on Saturday. 

Sharpe has started all season at left tackle and has played pretty well, he will definitely be missed up front against a top 20 defense in Vanderbilt. The sophomore came in as the second most seasoned player up front on the line, only behind senior Trip Thurman. 

We don't know how much Ivey will miss, but he has started the last two games at left guard bringing a physical presesnce up front and an ability to move the pile tht has been missing. 

It is expected that sophomore Antonio Riles will resume his spot at left guard, while Mason Halter will move from right tackle to left tackle and true freshman Frddrick Johnson should step up at right tackle. Johnson hasn't played much in the last several games. Beyond that at tackle there will be an issue. 

McElwain says, "we've got to make some adjustments up front."

On the good side of injury news, Jeremi Powell looks to be back at practice early this week after sustaining a knee and anke injury in the game against Georgia. Joey Ivie is back and already playing well. 

"We're in good shape," McElwain said about the overall team health. "Whoever lines up on the offensive line, they'lldoa good job. We're excited for them to play. 


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