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Big blow on Gators’ OLine as Riles out for the season

The Florida Gators learned Wednesday that they will be without one of the guys up front they were counting on as part of an offensive line that is expected to and needs to improve in 2016.  Redshirt junior offensive guard Antonio Riles will miss the rest of the season for an apparent ACL tear.

According to sources, the reports that have surfaced are true and he will miss the season. Florida head coach Jim McElwain wasn’t available for comment and will meet with the media again on Friday, but didn’t go into detail on Monday about the injury to Antonio Riles.

"Antonio Riles went down today with a leg," McElwain said. "I have no idea how serious it is. We’ll get it looked at and when we know we’ll let you know."

Riles according to Gainesville Sun beat writer Robbie Andreu tore his ACL.

https://twitter.com/RobbieAndreu/status/763449672425930752

Riles was expected to compete if not start at left guard on a unit that doesn’t have a lot of depth anyway. The biggest competition was likely from sophomore Martez Ivey who has been recovering from double shoulder injuries and should be the clear front runner at the position now.

Also in competition at guard are redshirt freshmen Nick Buchanan, Richerd Desir-Jones, and Brandon Sandifer.

True freshman Jawaan Taylor was originally recruited to play guard but was asked to step outside to tackle and help with depth there.  Taylor has drawn high praise both publicly and privately and is expected to help solidify the tackle position, a place that Ivey could have also helped.

Stay tuned as we find out more on this and the rest of Gators fall camp at Fightin’ Gators.

 


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