It isn’t a complete bill of health as placekicker Neil MacInnes injured a knee during the week and will not be able to play in the game. The Gators have struggled mightily this season with place kicking going just seven of 17 on field goals and missing five extra points this season. MacInnes was inserted into the SEC Championship game and hit an extra point in the contest, which will be his only score as a Gator. The walk-on dental student auditioned at midseason for a spot on the roster and is a senior so his career is done.
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The other casualty is junior defensive end Alex McCalister who has missed the last three games with a rough ankle injury. McElwain said Tuesday that McCalister won’t play in the bowl game.
While sophomore receiver Brandon Powell will still be slowed with a foot problem he is expected to play according to McElwain.
Junior defensive end Brian Cox has been battling with a hip injury but McElwain said Cox is good to go and is scheduled to play in the game.
Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Taven Bryan also missed the last two contests with an ankle injury and McElwain says he is healthy as well and scheduled to play at this point.
In all it is a pretty healthy Gator squad as they start up bowl preparation practices on Friday.