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Senior safety Marcus Maye, an integral part of the Florida Gators‘ ultra-talented secondary, will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his arm against South Carolina, head coach Jim McElwain confirmed after Saturday’s 20-7 win.
Maye’s injury is just the latest blow to a Florida team that was healthy for much of the season but has suddenly been decimated with nine starters going down in the last two weeks.
Joining Maye as injured Saturday are sophomore offensive lineman Tyler Jordan (hurt on the first offensive play), junior left tackle David Sharpe (hurt in the first quarter) and redshirt senior defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. (hurt in the third quarter).
Jordan, a starting guard, was in at center for redshirt junior Cameron Dillard, who himself was injured last week at Arkansas.
Redshirt junior linebacker Alex Anzalone (broken arm) was ruled out for the season after getting hurt last week, and senior LB Jarrad Davis (ankle) is expected to miss a second straight game.
Sophomore DE Cece Jefferson was doubtful to play Saturday after being injured last week, so one could expect he will likely be questionable entering the LSU game. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio played the entire Arkansas game but should have been pulled at halftime as he suffered a shoulder injury and is now being ruled out indefinitely.
It is unlikely that Florida will be down all nine starters at LSU as the severity of some of these injuries is not fully known, but either way, the Gators will be seriously hobbled with the SEC East on the line in a must-win game against the Tigers. What is of certain concern for Florida is that it looks to be down all three of its top tacklers against an LSU offense that features star running back Leonard Fournette.