As Florida enters the teeth of its schedule, one of the team’s thinnest positions continues to lose players.
Junior linebacker Alex Anzalone will be sidelined for “a while” with a serious shoulder injury and backup Jeremi Powell won’t play Saturday against Tennessee either after injuring his foot at Kentucky, coach Jim McElwain said.
The Gators are down to just three rotational linebackers, so they eliminated the strong-side position from the Week 4 depth chart.
Junior hard-hitter Jarrad Davis has exceled in an elevated role, though, recording 20 tackles the last two weeks.
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During the fourth quarter against UK, Florida actually moved starting safety Marcus Maye to middle linebacker, and the junior responded with several critical plays, including a potential game-saving tackle in the open field.
“What he did in that game at that position was something that should be written about,” McElwain said. “I was really proud of that.”
THIS AND THAT
Florida will host No. 4 Ole Miss in prime time Oct. 3, with kickoff set for either 7 p.m. on ESPN or 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2/SEC Network. … Senior tackle Jon Bullard earned SEC defensive lineman of the week honors after recording five tackles and two sacks against UK. … Tight end C’yontai Lewis (hand injury) is questionable for UT.