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Florida Gators hit by injuries


Miami Herald Writer

Florida went into Saturday’s game against Missouri already missing several key players and then lost several more, but coach Will Muschamp said Monday that all but one would be probable for this week’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Starting left tackle Xavier Nixon (knee), defensive end Lerentee McCray (ankle) and reserve wide receiver Andre Debose (knee), who all missed Saturday’s game, are listed as be probable. Starting right guard Jon Halapio, who had to be helped from the field by two trainers after injuring his ankle against Missouri, and left guard James Wilson, who went down several times with what Muschamp called a sprained knee, also are listed as probable.

Kicker Caleb Sturgis injured his ankle late in the week during practice and tried to play Saturday, but he had a kick from 47 yards blocked and left the game. Muschamp said Sturgis also is probable.

Freshman defensive tackle Jafar Mann, a three-star recruit from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga., will transfer, Muschamp announced Monday. “Jafar Mann and I met last night and he decided to transfer. He and I agreed that it’s time for him to move on.”

• Sturgis was announced as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, which is given to the nation’s best kicker. … Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd was named the SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the week.

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