Marcus Maye out for season as Florida deals with nine injuries to starters – CBS sports.com (blog)
Florida is down to its backup quarterback, again, and on its way toward a possible SEC East title, again. The Jim McElwain era has only lasted two dozen games, but if there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that these Gators will be as well-prepared as possible to win despite any roster deficiencies.
Last year’s team had a thin offensive line, a starting quarterback suspended in the middle of the season and still made it to the SEC Championship Game against Alabama and put up a good fight before losing 29-15. This year’s team is one win away from clinching the SEC East outright but travels to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for a make-up game against LSU with the likelihood of being down as many as nine starters because of injuries.
Safety Marcus Maye suffered a broken arm in the win against South Carolina and will miss the rest of the season. Sophomore center Tyler Jordan, replacing starting C Cam Dillard (injured last week and out indefinitely), was hurt on the first offensive play of Saturday’s game and did not return. Junior left tackle David Sharpe and senior Bryan Cox Jr. also suffered leg injuries and did not return on Saturday.
They join Dillard, starting quarterback Luke Del Rio, starting linebacker Alex Anzalone (broken arm, out for the season), Jarrad Davis (ankle, likely out at LSU) and Cece Jefferson (leg, questionable at LSU) on the most star-studded injury report in the country.
In Maye, Florida loses another experienced senior and a reliable (if unheralded) piece of that stout secondary with a chance to be a first-round pick in April’s NFL Draft. Anzalone and Davis started every game for the Gators as the team’s only experienced linebackers. Jefferson and Cox have both hounded quarterbacks all season as quality pass rushers.