are part of the game. One man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity.”
-- Will Muschamp. A sage.
starting right tackle Chaz Green will miss the 2013 season after tearing his
labrum, Muschamp announced Monday.
junior, who started 10 games in 2012, will undergo surgery later this week.
Tyler Moore, a sophomore transfer from Nebraska, will take over in Green’s
was playing his best football, was playing extremely well,” Muschamp said.
“Certainly had solidified himself at the right tackle spot. Very disappointing
trained at right tackle all spring -- Green was recovering from a persisting
ankle injury -- but the redshirt sophomore worked mainly at right guard during
training camp replacing injured starter Jon Halapio (torn pectoral).
week, offensive coordinator Brent Pease reluctantly admitted he was a tad
concerned UF’s projected starting o-line hadn’t practiced together (much, if
any) during camp.
the situation has worsened.
offensive line depth -- quality depth -- is dwindling.
UF Media Day several weeks ago, Muschamp stated, “I've always sat down and asked the question to our staff,
‘Who can we count on?’ It's not about who is starting. I don't worry about
that. ‘Who can we count on?’ This many guys at this position, this many guys at
this position. ‘Tell me who six, seven, eight and nine are.’ That's what I want
the line is moving, so come on down, Trenton Brown (UF's behemoth JUCO-tackle) and Trip Thurman
(a redshirt sophomore guard/center).
Florida has four offensive linemen who will absolutely probably contribute consistenly in 2013: D.J. Humphries (a budding star at left tackle), Jon Harrison (one of the league's top centers) and the two transfers, Max Garcia (12 career starts at Maryland) and Moore.
a preseason all-conference pick at right guard, is slated to return for the Florida-Tennessee game (Sep. 21), but who
knows -- despite his pectoral purportedly healing nicely -- if he can contribute at his 2012 level?
Suddenly, 7-8-9 are creeping dangerously close to legtimate playing time.
Kyle Koehne, Florida’s latest starting right guard. The redshirt senior is a
career backup -- an adequate one at that -- with only four starts. Koehne was solid in occasional snaps last season, but the reserve (at both guard spots and center) is no longer the team's [X player needs a breather] guy.
season hasn’t even kicked off yet and Florida is now just a single injury away
from starting either Brown (definitely not ready) or Thurman (four career
Chaz Green was bad in 2012. Some might say really bad. But in 2011, Green was a Freshman All-American and was a lone bright spot on an abominable offensive line. Green
battled multiple injuries last season, but once his health improved this summer
the coaching staff noticed a significant change in Green’s effort, attitude and
Pease: “I've seen from Chaz at
this point is a guy who's competing more. He's healthier. … He's a guy that's
just practicing smarter. I think he understands the protections and how he has
to fit into them, the blocking schemes. He's a great athlete, and he's good at
what he does, but I think his health, he had a bad ankle last year, and I
think he just had to deal with that and he let some of that cause
inconsistencies in his game. He stayed healthy now, and I think how he’s
playing up front has been a lot better for him. He’s competing harder and he
has more repetitions built up in him to be a more consistent player.”
Green's loss hurts, no matter how it's parsed. Muschamp & Co. believe the offensive line is a strength of this year's team.
Maybe it still will be. Then again...
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