Florida defensive linemen Jordan Sherit, left, and Keivonnis Davis run a drill during a practice earlier this season. Sherit is out for Saturday’s game, allowing Davis even more playing time. (Matt Stamey/Correspondent/file) With an injury list that continues to grow, the Florida Gators will be without multiple starters for Saturday’s SEC Championship Game against No. 1 Alabama.
Defensive end Jordan Sherit, who requires knee surgery after getting injured in the FSU game, is the latest starter to fall. The Gators will now have at least seven starters out Saturday, and that number could increase over the course of the week, UF coach Jim McElwain said Monday.
Six starters are definitely out on defense — Sherit, end Bryan Cox Jr., linebackers Jarrad David and Alex Anzalone and safeties Marcus Maye and Nick Washington. Linebacker Daniel McMillian (shoulder) and safety Duke Dawson (ankle) will be re-evaluated later in the week.
“Nick Washington probably will be out again. I know he’s going to try everything he can to go, but as of right now he’s out,” McElwain said. “Daniel McMillian, who played with that shoulder throughout the (FSU) game and wouldn’t pull himself out. He’s one of those who has to be a day-to-day evaluation. Duke Dawson won’t practice at least for a couple days. Hope to get him out there Wednesday. Jury’s out on that one.”
The Gators appear especially vulnerable at the safety positions, where Maye, Dawson and reserve Jeawon Taylor are out and Dawson is questionable.
“We’re getting pretty thin back there. That’s just the way it is,” McElwain said.
On offense, center Cam Dillard (knee) remains out, while starting left guard Martez Ivey and starting wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood are questionable. Ivey re-injured his ankle in the FSU game and Fulwood injured his ankle in the game. Quarterback Luke Del Rio will be available on a very limited basis.
“I’ve got to say how proud I am of Martez Ivey to give an effort last week,” McElwain said. “Shows his toughness and his want. Where he’ll be this week, he’ll be limited again as we move forward.”
McElwain said he will have an updated injury list following Wednesday’s practice.
“Obviously, these first couple days of practice, some guys who want to have a chance to go play have to do a great job mentally to stay involved in the game plan,” he said. “One of the things we talked about, whatever you can do to give to your team — even if it’s just one play, even if it’s the availability and energy to help the guys who are out there — that is what it’s going to take. I know our guys are looking forward to that.”
Saban on McElwain
Alabama coach Nick Saban is highly complimentary of UF coach Jim McElwain, who served as Saban’s offensive coordinator at Alabama for four years (2008-11). The two have remained close.
“Jim did a fantastic job for us,” Saban said. “He had great relationships with the players. He worked really well with the staff. He’s a good football coach in every […]