GAINESVILLE -- Antonio Morrison, Florida’s starting middle linebacker and team-leading tackler with 56, will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, coach Will Muschamp said Monday.
“He tore his meniscus. It’s a radial tear, the same thing [tailback] Matt Jones did,” Muschamp said. “Just very disappointed for him.”
UF’s sophomore linebacker was suspended to start the season, missing the opener against Toledo before starting Florida’s next eight games. Morrison entered the year with lofty expectations, but the linebacker struggled for much of the season, plagued by missed tackles and blown coverages.
Freshman linebacker Jarrad Davis, a special-teams ace, will enter the starting lineup at the weak-side linebacker position, and redshirt junior Michael Taylor will shift to middle linebacker. Morrison is UF’s seventh-starter — and 10th player — to sustain a season-ending injury.
• Quarterback Tyler Murphy (AC shoulder sprain) will miss Monday and Tuesday’s practice, but the team is hopeful he can still start Saturday at South Carolina.