The No. 10 Florida Gators (10-1, 7-1 SEC) have avoided the injury bug for most of the season but it seems as if their luck may be running out, as they get ready to host the No. 14 Florida State Seminoles (9-2, 6-2 ACC).
On Monday Jim McElwain listed 11 players on the injury report. Redshirt junior defensive lineman Alex McCalister (foot) and redshirt sophomore Jordan Sherit (hamstring) were both listed as out.
Sophomore receiver Brandon Powell (foot), freshman offensive lineman Martez Ivey (shoulder), sophomore offensive tackle David Sharpe (foot), redshirt sophomore center Cam Dillard (leg) and junior defensive tackle Joey Ivie (leg) were all listed as questionable by Jim McElwain.
Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Taven Bryan (ankle) and senior defensive lineman Jon Bullard (knee) were listed as doubtful.
Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and senior linebacker Antonio Morrison were both listed as probable, despite showing up on the injury report. Sophomore cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (stomach illness) who missed most of the game last week should be ready to return this Saturday against FSU.
Seniors Jon Bullard and Antonio Morrison have started every game this season and lead the team with 23-consecutive starts.
With at least two defensive lineman and potentially five missing the game this Saturday, Florida will need to figure out a way to stop FSU running back Dalvin Cook, who has tallied 185 carries and 1,475 yards this season with 16 touchdowns.
“That’s where we’re at,” Said McElwain. “We will have enough guys run out of the tunnel to form a team in this ball game. I’m looking forward to the guys that are going to be given opportunities to perform and perform at a high level in a game that means so much to so many, and to some of us a little bit more.”