Florida coach considering 8-man football vs. LSU because of injuries? – WWLTV.com
Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain during the first quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. (Photo: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports)
BATON ROUGE – Considering the changes made to the LSU-Florida game already, maybe Florida coach Jim McElwain’s suggestion that they play 8-man football Saturday because of a rash of injuries to the Gators is not so out there.
“Well, I’ve been toying with the idea,” McElwain kidded Wednesday morning on the weekly Southeastern Conference teleconference.
No. 14 LSU (6-3, 4-2 SEC) hosts No. 18 Florida (7-2, 5-2 SEC) at noon Saturday in Tiger Stadium on the SEC Network. Originally, the game was scheduled for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Oct. 8 on ESPN from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. But Hurricane Matthew postponed the game, and after SEC commissioner Greg Sankey allowed athletic directors from both schools to quarrel over the site and date of a rescheduling, the game was finally moved to Nov. 19 at Tiger Stadium with each team canceling games with non-conference opponents set for that day.
“You know, back in Montana, they’ve got a little 8-man league,” said McElwain, who is a native of Missoula, Montana. “And I’ve been thinking about calling Ed and seeing if we could just maybe play 8-man football and go at it that way.”
Ed is LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron, who likely would not agree with that as his team is much healthier. Even star tailback Leonard Fournette, who was not expected to play at Florida on Oct. 8, practiced Tuesday after missing parts of LSU’s win at Arkansas Saturday with an ankle injury that has hampered him all season.
Florida, meanwhile, could be minus half a dozen or more starters.
“No, we’ll put 11 out there,”