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Florida Gators’ offensive linemen ailing

With a chance to clinch a spot in the SEC Championship Game, the No. 11 Florida Gators could be without two starting offensive linemen Saturday against Vanderbilt (noon, ESPN2).

Starting left tackle David Sharpe is doubtful after injuring his foot against Georgia, and starting left guard Martez Ivey is questionable with a knee ailment.

Sharpe, a 6-6, 355-pound sophomore, has started all eight games at left tackle and is sporting a protective boot. On Monday, Sharpe tweeted he was undergoing an MRI on his foot.

Meanwhile, Ivey, a five-star recruit and natural left tackle, started UF’s last two games at guard, but the freshman experienced swelling in the same knee that caused him to miss the first two games of the season. Late in training camp, Ivey tore his meniscus and underwent arthroscopic surgery.

“It’s next man up,” UF coach Jim McElwain said, who added that freshman Fred Johnson could make his first-career start at right tackle with senior swing-tackle Mason Halter sliding from right to left tackle.

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