Gators CB Marucs Roberson out for season

By Adam Silverstein
November 14, 2011

The Florida Gators secondary was further depleted Monday when head coach Will Muschamp announced that freshman cornerback Marcus Roberson would miss 4-6 weeks with a neck injury that will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Roberson, who has started every game this year for Florida, is the third talented Gators’ cornerback now unavailable for the team. UF dismissed Janoris Jenkins over the summer, and redshirt junior Jeremy Brown has yet to play in 2011 after injuring his knee in the offseason; the duo was slated to start opposite one another.

Muschamp referred to Roberson’s injury as a strained neck but did not go into further detail, simply saying that the doctors are going to be cautionary and hold him out the remainder of the season rather than try to press him back into action or a potential bowl game. He added that no setbacks are expected and Roberson should be completely healthy when he returns for spring practice in 2012.

“It’s nothing that’s going to be permanent,” Muschamp said. “He’s going to be fine in 4-6 weeks. He strained his neck there and [the training staff is] just taking the precautionary measures obviously with something like that.”

Roberson registered 22 tackles this season, nabbed an interception and recovered a fumble in the 10 games he played, most of which he spent covering the opponent’s best wide receiver. Sophomore Cody Riggs, senior Moses Jenkins and fellow freshmen Jaylen Watkins and Louchiez Purifoy will all see increased time on the field over the next 2-3 games due to Roberson’s injury.


  1. swiftt_tech69 says:

    Hate to see him go down, but at this point I think that’s the best thing for him. It be terrible for him to try and play and hurt his neck even worse, kid has huge potential. Him, elam, saunders, riggs and watkins will terrorize qbs for the next couple years.

  2. GatorCooken says:

    Does this mean we have to see Moses Jenkins at corner vs FSU?

    I remember how well that worked out (3 TD’s) last year….sigh.

  3. John S says:

    I don’t know if it’s conditioning or depth, but I think we’re the most banged up team in the SEC. The transfers and dismissals are killing us. May be best to watch the FSU game with a next year mentality.

    • Nick says:

      “May be best to watch the FSU game with a next year mentality.”

      May be best to watch the FSU game after consuming a bottle of Jack Daniels.

  4. npgator says:

    Roberson has really played well this season. I hope Watkins gets the nod or Riggs for the FSU game.

  5. aziatic41 says:

    Roberson is our second best defensive player after Matt Elam. He has had a great freshman season and will make the All-Sec Freshman team. He has a very bright future ahead

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