The Florida Gators were blessed with top-notch health for much of the season but that deteriorated – as it often does – late in the 2015 campaign with multiple players sitting out both the 2015 SEC Championship Game and 2016 Citrus Bowl.
On Wednesday, Florida announced offseason surgery for six players – and actually provided details as to their injuries – though none appear to be serious enough to put statuses in question for next season.
Leading the pack was freshman offensive lineman Martez Ivey, who underwent shoulder surgery to repair what a source close to the player told OnlyGators.com was a torn labrum. Ivey attempted to practice with the hope of playing in the Citrus Bowl but wound up not seeing the field. He is expected to returning to his starting role in 2016 after starting eight games this season, though he will likely do so at tackle.
Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Powell, billed all offseason as the Gators’ brightest spot on offense, had a modest second half of his second season due in large part to a variety of injuries, including a bothersome foot that has now been operated on.
Junior defensive tackle Joey Ivie (sports hernia), redshirt sophomore Rush defensive end Jordan Sherit (knee), sophomore defensive back Quincy Wilson (sports hernia) and walk-on junior kicker Neil MacInnes (torn ACL) also went under the knife with their respective injuries.
No updates were provided in Florida’s release on junior linebacker Alex Anzalone (shoulder), who missed most of the season despite head coach Jim McElwain holding out hope that he would be able to return.
No updates were provided on junior LB Jarrad Davis (head) or freshman DE CeCe Jefferson (foot), who both got hurt during the Citrus Bowl. McElwain said after the game that Davis “got his eggs scrambled” while Jefferson “blew a wheel.” There was also no additional information on redshirt junior kicker Austin Hardin (foot), who apparently injured himself in warm-ups for the bowl game. OnlyGators.com witnessed Jefferson and Hardin in boots after the game, though either could have been for precautionary reasons.