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Torn ACL ends season for Gators’ Jeremi Powell

 

Miami Herald Writer

Florida’s injury report continues to be a long read.

Reserve linebacker and special teams ace Jeremi Powell will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. It is UF’s eighth season-ending injury of the season.

“It’s just one of those years,” coach Will Muschamp said. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the game. You’ve got to coach through it, and you’ve got to play through it. We don’t make excuses around here. We need to play better than we did the last two weeks.”

Powell was injured on a punt block in the 36-17 loss to Missouri last weekend, but the injury was caused in a noncontact situation.

“He was just planting and got caught in the turf,” Muschamp said. “Unfortunate for him. He’s a guy who was really emerging, special teams-wise. He did a great job on kickoff for us.”

Also, linebacker/defensive end Ronald Powell remains out with an ankle injury, but Muschamp is hopeful the junior will return against Georgia following the bye week.

Quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder) isn’t throwing in practice this week, but he, too, is expected to start against the Bulldogs next weekend, as is defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (head injury).

Senior linebacker Darrin Kitchens (shoulder) and redshirt freshman tight end Colin Thompson (foot) remain sidelined, and their return dates are unknown.

THIS & THAT

• Kitchens and his wife, Nathalie, had a baby girl Monday night, the couple’s first child. Kitchens has not practiced or received treatment all week. “He’s been with his family, which is where he needs to be,” Muschamp said.

• Former Gators wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill (2011) received a two-year, show-cause penalty for his role in paying prospects at Miami, the NCAA announced Tuesday. Hill abruptly resigned from Florida in the summer of 2012 and hasn’t coached in college since.

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