Dan Mullen confirms Elijah Conliffe injury

During his first radio show of the season Florida Gators football coach Dan Mullen confirmed that backup defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe is injured.

Mullen did not give a full status update or specify what the injury was but Conliffe posted on social media that his season was over.

“Obviously with Elijah Conliffe getting hurt that hurts a little bit,” Mullen said when asked about depth on the defensive line.

The Gators have some depth and two returning starters at both nose tackle and defensive tackle.

Conliffe wasn’t a starter but he had been a contributor in the past and was getting a lot of reps in Florida’s normal rotation along the defensive line. He was expected to play a lot this season and be a meaningful contributor. The Gators still have

“We have a lot of the interior, most of our interior D-line is back this year,” Mullen said. “You’ve got Kyree Campbell back, you’ve got Adam Shuler back, you’ve got Luke Ancrum back, TJ Slaton is back. Who am I missing? Marlon Dunlap is back. So we’ve got a lot of guys back at that position.”

The Gators have also cross-trained Zach Carter at multiple positions along the defensive line and he will get a lot of playing time in 2019.

“Zach Carter has grown into a guy that can be really flexible, can play inside and outside. So that’s a big plus for us as well. That’s really exciting for us. At that spot, though, it’s a spot where I think we’re deeper this year than we were last year, which is really good.”

Nick de la Torre
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