The Florida Gators believed the injury bug that ravaged their roster – with 10 starters and 15 total players suffering season-ending injuries in 2013 – had left Gainesville, Florida for good. Instead, it appears as if it was just hibernating in the offseason.
Florida redshirt senior tight end Jake McGee, a graduate transfer from Virginia in his first year with the program, broke his tibia and fibula during Saturday’s season opener and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season.
McGee, UVA’s leading pass-catcher in 2013 who was expected to play a big role in UF’s new offense under the leadership of coordinator Kurt Roper, did not even have the opportunity to catch a pass before going down with the injury during the first quarter Saturday’s season opener.
“We lost Jake McGee for the year – broken tibia and [fibula]. I’m so disappointed for him, a guy that came in here, and it’s very difficult to come into a situation for one year. He’s done it as well as you can imagine,” head coach Will Muschamp said after the game.
“This guy is a total team guy, tough guy, and I think we’re going to do the surgery [Saturday] night. I’ll know much more Monday where we are.”