The Florida Gators are using their bye week as a chance to work on fundamentals and get healthy.
They’re trying to find a potential emergency kicker, too.
With an injury to redshirt freshman kicker Jorge Powell, No. 13 UF held tryouts Wednesday, with 216 students signed up for a chance to earn a walk-on spot.
Former Virginia Tech transfer Brooks Abbott and Jacksonville University kicker Dallas Stubbs — both walk-ons previously at Florida — were among those to try out. The tryout was closed to the media, but UF told the Associated Press the list of candidates included two women.
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Gators coach Jim McElwain held a similar audition for student kickers at Colorado State several years ago, saying Wednesday, “As long as they can flip it up there through the uprights, I’m good with it.”
Powell, a Miami Belen Jesuit Prep alum, sustained a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter last Saturday against No. 5 LSU. He was 2 of 3 on field goals in four games.
“I just feel horrible for Jorge,” McElwain said. “He was doing a great job for us.”
Meanwhile, backup kicker Austin Hardin, formerly the team’s incumbent starter, is battling his own injury (hip) and re-earning the confidence of the coaching staff.
Hardin has missed his past three field-goal attempts (3 of 6 this season). McElwain hopes Hardin, a redshirt junior, can play against Georgia, but said Florida must “have plans” with no other kicker on the roster.
▪ Redshirt freshman tight end C’yontai Lewis (hand) is probable for UGA, as are little-used offensive linemen Travaris Dorsey and Kavaris Harkless. Linebacker Alex Anzalone (shoulder) remains out.