If you believe most of the names on head coach Jim McElwain‘s injury list will not play against Florida State on Saturday, the Florida Gators are in serious trouble.
McElwain announced Monday that starting Rush defensive end redshirt junior Alex McCalister (foot) and his backup, redshirt sophomore Jordan Sherit, will both miss the game … but he did not stop there.
Starting senior defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard is “probably out” with a knee injury despite suffering it early against Florida Atlantic and returning to play the remainder of the game.
Redshirt freshman DT Taven Bryan (foot) is doubtful to play, and if that was not enough, fellow reserve junior DT Joey Ivie (leg) is listed as between questionable and doubtful for the game.
No, Florida’s defense is not the only side of the ball dealing with injuries.
Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Powell (foot), sophomore offensive tackle David Sharpe (Foot), freshman OT Martez Ivey (shoulder) and redshirt sophomore lineman Cam Dillard (leg) are all injured and questionable to play.
The only good news for the Gators is that senior linebacker Antonio Morrison (abdomen) and redshirt sophomore DT Caleb Brantley (groin, abdomen) are both expected to suit up against the Seminoles.
All in all, Florida could be without multiple starters on its defensive line going into a game against a Florida State rushing attack that has been tremendously successful with Dalvin Cook at the helm. Cook has rushed for 100+ yards seven times this season, topping 156 yards in five contests. He’s also registered 17 total touchdowns with six multi-score games.