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UF linebackers Jarrad Davis, Neiron Ball out for season

Marcus Murphy #6 of the Missouri Tigers runs on a handoff from Maty Mauk #7 as Neiron Ball #11 and Vernon Hargreaves, III #1 of the Florida Gators defend during the first half of the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida.
Marcus Murphy #6 of the Missouri Tigers runs on a handoff from Maty Mauk #7 as Neiron Ball #11 and Vernon Hargreaves, III #1 of the Florida Gators defend during the first half of the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. Getty Images

Sophomore linebacker and special teams ace Jarrad Davis tore his meniscus on the opening kickoff in Florida’s 23-20 overtime loss to South Carolina, undergoing season-ending surgery Monday morning.

Davis finished the year with 23 tackles.

Senior linebacker Neiron Ball also injured his knee in the defeat, undergoing microfracture repair surgery.

“Neiron’s going to be non-weight bearing for six weeks and probably out for four months,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said.

“Extremely disappointed for both those guys. Both having great years, and certainly hope to get those guys rehabbed as quickly as possible.”

Ball is third on the team in tackles (49), adding two sacks, five quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

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