The walking wounded are not getting back as quickly as the Florida Gators would hope, but Florida will be in a better position than expected when it travels to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to face the LSU Tigers on Saturday.
Though the Gators will still be without six starters (including three defensive front seven starters), they will get junior left tackle David Sharpe (foot) back despite him initially being ruled out for the game.
“Took some reps [Wednesday]. It was good to see, had a pretty good look in his eye,” head coach Jim McElwain said.
The two Florida players listed as questionable for the game also look to be ready to go as sophomore defensive end CeCe Jefferson (ankle) is “going to make a run” to play, and sophomore offensive lineman Tyler Jordan (ankle) has been bouncing around in practice and will either start or at the very least play as a rotational player up front.
Jordan, normally a starting guard, stepped in for redshirt junior Cameron Dillard (knee), who will miss the game. Redshirt freshman T.J. McCoy will start on the inside Saturday as other players rotate positions. McElwain said Wednesday he “liked the energy in which [the young offensive linemen] played the game. Those guys, I got total confidence in.”
The key starters missing in action for the Gators include Dillard, redshirt junior linebacker Alex Anzalone (broken arm), redshirt senior defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. (ankle), senior LB Jarrad Davis (ankle), redshirt sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio (shoulder) and senior safety Marcus Maye. Anzalone and Maye are out for the season.
McElwain referred to Cox as “probably out” earlier in the week but ruled him officially sidelined for the game on Wednesday.
Also out are redshirt sophomore DL Justus Reed, junior wide receiver C.J. Worton and redshirt senior running back Mark Herndon.