BREAKING: Florida Gators lineman suffers serious knee injury

Florida Gators redshirt junior offensive guard Antonio Riles suffered a severe knee injury requiring surgery that will probably end his season, Gator Country has learned.

Jim McElwain announced the injury in a press conference on Monday night, following Florida’s first practice in full pads at the Dizney lacrosse fields.

“Antonio Riles went down today with a leg,” McElwain said following the practice Monday night. “I have no idea how serious it is.”

A veteran voice along the offensive line, Riles brought leadership to a young group that is expected to be improved after allowing a SEC high 45 sacks a year ago. Riles played in 11 games in 2015 starting the first six. The Lawrenceville, Georgia native has played in 15 games since taking a redshirt as a freshman in 2013. Riles made the transition from defensive line to offensive line after his first season in Gainesville, a decision that Will Muschamp originally brought up to him.

Riles was competing with sophomores Tyler Jordan and Martez Ivey for a starting spot at offensive guard and figured to play into the rotation along the offensive line in 2016.

McElwain does not have a scheduled press conference until Friday, but a UAA spokesperson confirmed that McElwain will address Riles’ status at that time.

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC