Florida long snapper Ferris out indefinitely

Florida Gators junior long snapper Drew Ferris broke his collarbone during the team’s season opener on Saturday and is out of action indefinitely, head coach Will Muschamp officially announced on Monday.

Ferris, who snapped the ball to punter Kyle Christy with about two minutes remaining in the game, hustled 39 yards down the field to play coverage following Christy’s strike. The punt wound up being muffed, which gave Ferris the opportunity to retrieve the fumble and begin running with the ball before being tackled and injured. He was unable to move his left shoulder and was helped off of the field after a few minutes.

Losing Ferris, who played every down as the starting long snapper on the punt and field goal teams in 2011 (13 games), is a big blow for Florida, which will now turn to second-stringer redshirt freshman Kyle Crofoot.

Crofoot, whose brother John is a redshirt junior holder and kicker on the Gators, did not play in his first season with the team. He did serve as a long snapper in high school and has been working at the position throughout the offseason.

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6 Responses to “Florida long snapper Ferris out indefinitely”

  1. caligator says:

    OUCH–that kid sure looked in PAIN! Hopefully Crofoot steps up bigtime and the entire team follows suit…
    GO GATORS!

  2. Kyle says:

    Kc has to get those punts off quicker!!

  3. joe says:

    Was Crowfoot the snapper on the missed field goa

  4. BHittUF says:

    Too bad Guido is no longer on the team, he snapped for Chaz Henry when he won the award for best punter. Would rather turn to him than someone with no experience.

  5. Gatorader says:

    Second the Guido thought. Long snapper on punts for a full season prior to Ferris. Would have been nice to turn to some experience. Not great planning by the special teams staff…….

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