8 Florida starters could be out at FSU with another lineman now ‘doubtful’

Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Florida offensive lineman Martez Ivey. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida could have more changes to its offensive line Saturday.

UF coach Jim McElwain said left guard/tackle Martez Ivey is “doubtful” for the Florida State game with a leg injury.

“Martez Ivey hasn’t been able to go for two days,” McElwain said. “He’s going to try to get out there (Wednesday). I’d probably say doubtful right now, just knowing what it is. But I said that about Jarrad Davis going into the Georgia game, and I’m still shocked about that. Tez is one of those guys I know that will do everything he can to be there.”

Backup offensive lineman Kavaris Harkless will start in place of Ivey if he can’t play at FSU. The Gators are already without center Cam Dillard (knee).

“Kavaris Harkless obviously, who’s been playing, will jump in there at left,” McElwain said. “Tyler Jordan being able to kind of swing to all three of the inside spots is something that we’ve been practicing just to kind of see where that is because it’s pretty good being able to kind of spell he and Fred (Johnson) a little bit at right guard.”

Florida is missing seven other starters in addition to Dillard: quarterback Luke Del Rio (shoulder), defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. (ankle), linebackers Alex Anzalone (arm) and Jarrad Davis (ankle) and safeties Marcus Maye (arm) and Nick Washington (ankle).

Despite their injuries, McElwain said the sidelined starters have remained engaged.

“I think one of the things that we kind of overlook a little bit, and it shows up out there at practice, is the interest that some of the older guys have taken in helping these guys prepare,” McElwain said. “When you look at the two linebackers (Kylan Johnson and David Reese) and you got Jarrad and Alex calling out things during practice and sitting with them between and actually watching film with them.

“I mean, that to me says a lot about those two guys and their commitment to what we’re doing. And now Marcus Maye did that all last week and is doing it this week. I look at that as much as anything. Because sometimes when those guys get injured, they disappear. All of them have been highly involved.”

McElwain said that Davis and another player celebrated with the team on FaceTime following Florida’s 16-10 upset win at LSU.

“Had a couple of them on FaceTime after the last game in the locker room like they were there. I mean, the beauty of technology,” McElwain said. “It’s something pretty special. It’s important to those guys and I think the older guys have taught them how to prepare.”

“And in turn, what you hope happens in the development of a program and an organization is now when the time comes, not that they get hurt, but that they understand the importance of sharing information with the new guys that come in next year. That’s big.”

McElwain said backup running back Mark Herndon (hamstring) could return against the Seminoles after sitting out […]