Florida will be without right tackle Mason Halter and linebacker Anthony Harrell when it faces off with the Wolverines on January 1 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.
The Orlando Sentinel first reported that the duo would not make the trip after being suspended because of academics. Florida confirmed that they “will not make the bowl trip.”
Fightin' Gators Bob Redman also reported that freshman Jordan Scarlett will also miss the game.
Halter’s loss is a big blow to Florida’s offensive line. The graduate transfer from Fordham has provided an experienced body this season. Halter has started every game this season while moving around the offensive line, but most of his time has come as the right tackle. Halter also filled in at left tackle when David Sharpe was battling foot injuries throughout the season. Halter started the Vanderbilt game at left tackle but every other game was at right tackle.
Without Halter, the Gators could turn to true freshman Fred Johnson at right tackle. Johnson saw plenty of action to start the season but those reps declined as the season continued. He'll be an important part of the Florida offensive line next season.
Harrell is listed as the team’s backup middle linebacker, but he had just three tackles this season while playing in 13 games. He has played on multiple special teams units but hasn’t played many snaps on the defense.
Florida and Michigan will kick off the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Friday at 1 p.m. (TV: ABC).