True freshman Channing Crowder, who has quickly become one of the Gators' most impressive threats, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery three days after incurring the against Kentucky. He will be sidelined for two to three weeks.
"Knowing Crowder, don't put any limitations on him now," Zook said. "You just keep on going, that's football. You get the next guy in there and go."
That next guy will be former South Sumter standout Earl Everett. Everett, who started his first career game against the Wildcats, will shift to Crowder's position at weakside. Reid Fleming and Matt Farrior will fill in the remaining starting slots.
The news of Crowder's surgery comes one week after LB Todd McCullough announced he would have shoulder surgery and take a medical redshirt.
Crowder, who delayed enrollment last year because of another knee rehabilitation, has made the biggest impact among freshmen defenders so far this season. He ranks third on defense with 29 tackles.
As expected, DT Kenny Parker also underwent the same knee surgery as Crowder Tuesday. Parker also will miss two to three weeks.
Because Florida is now without three of its front-seven starters, expect the Gators to use a nickel set more than planned against Ole Miss.
LEAK IMPRESSES SENIOR
By this point, players are no longer surprised by the progress made by true freshman Chris Leak. They are, however, impressed.
WR Carlos Perez gloated about the quarterback's gutsy decisions and big-playmaking ability. Perez, a senior, was most impressed by one play in particular.
On fourth and two from the 10-yard line, Leak threw to Perez in the endzone rather than an open Troupe on the two-yard line. The touchdown brought the score to 21-16.
"We were both kind of open, he could have stuck it in there to Troupe," Perez said. "But being the kind of competitor Leak is, he was thinking all or nothing. The drive before that, he threw the long pick on the deep ball, so he could have folded. The blitz was coming, but he showed a lot of confidence and stood in there and threw a strike."
And as for Leak's desire to remain calm on and off the field? Perez begs to differ.
"He was more excited than me," Perez said. "He was a jumping up and down. I was a little tired. He was smacking me in the head. I've never seen a quarterback that excited."
DE Jarvis Moss, who saw action against Florida A&M, reaggrivated an injury in the region of his pubic bone. While no decision has been made, Zook said there is a possibility Moss could end up taking a redshirt….Barring injury, Zook said he doesn't expect any more true freshmen to see time this season. As a result, Tranell Morant, one of the rookies on the bubble, likely will redshirt. Should that be the case, the final tally for true freshmen action would be 14.