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O-line depth takes another hit

“Injuries are part of the game. One man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity.”

 -- Will Muschamp. A sage. 

Gators starting right tackle Chaz Green will miss the 2013 season after tearing his labrum, Muschamp announced Monday.

The 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 absence.

Green
(Courtesy floridatoday.com)

“Chaz was playing his best football, was playing extremely well,” Muschamp said. “Certainly had solidified himself at the right tackle spot. Very disappointing news.”

Moore 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).

Last 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.

Now the situation has worsened.

Florida’s offensive line depth -- quality depth -- is dwindling.

During 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 to know.”

Well 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. 

Halapio???

The senior, 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. 

Enter, 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. 

The 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 appearances).

That ain’t good.

Fact: 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 aptitude. 

Quoth 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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Huntley johnson is the strength of this team. He gets charges dismissed like nothing ever happened. He even get suspensions lifted too. Too bad the oline has no suspended players .

University of Felons has struck again

Ian Silberman should be a capable back-up as well

A healthy Halapio would make a big difference in maintaining the OL depth

I'm asleep at the wheel anyways...Aww shucks guys gimme a break

silly cane fan, when will u ever learn ? Louisville scored 26 offensive points against Florida's D. While Florida scored 23 points and had a 4 and out inside Louisville's 5 yard line with under a min. to go. If not for a pick six on Florida's first possesion, they could have kicked a field goal to tie the game to go into overtime against a Top-10 team... That's a mauling ?

Try these numbers for maulings u immense dope...

ur much improved 2013 'efense with the loss of 4 key starters will be top-30 this year huh ...


BC--- 32 points - 29 first downs - 550 yards ...

KSU-- 52 points - 27 first downs - 500 yards ...

GT--- 36 points - 20 first downs - 420 yards ...

NCSt. 37 points - 30 first downs - 664 yards ...

ND -- 41 points - 28 first downs - 550 yards ...

UNC-- 14 points - 30 first downs - 486 yards ... (UNC 5 t.o.'s)
FSU-- 33 points - 23 first downs - 450 yards ...

Vir.- 41 points - 27 first downs - 520 yards ...

Duke- 45 points - 30 first downs - 600 yards ...

u were saying something about a mauling. Well if Florida giving up 23 to Louisville, the most Florida allowed ALL YEAR on DEFENSE is a Mauling, what would u call the above stats ? How about let's go with an abortion performed on octuplets with butcher knives and wire coathangers by a Doctor with no arms and hooks for hands... Get back to me when u give up an average of 14 points --- 15 first downs --- 275 yards a game. Not 33+ points a game --- 25+ first downs --- 500+ yards a game...


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ur dynamic O. against the only 3 decent teams u played ?

KSU -- 13 points - 13 first downs - 262 yards ...

ND ---- 3 points - 12 first downs - 285 yards ...

FSU--- 20 points - 14 first downs - 258 yards ...

best in the Country riiieet ? Well, if u just play unranked teams maybe.

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Zooker... Son, can u be anymore stupid with ur complete lack of the facts ? u seriously give other cane fans a bad name there Canestoolrules. The only thing u know about mauling was by watching ur 'efense play week after week or ur O playing the only 3 teams u played that were even close to being ranked ... But that will all change this year riiieeet ? Just like u'll be back this year for the 8th. year in a row.

Bottom Line... it's about W's n L's ... And u Looose Again fool... But what would u know about winning after u have gone 66-40 (with 40 W's over garbage teams) since 2004 unlike the GATORS who have gone 90-28 over that same time period with 2 SEC and National 'Ships.

Do ur homework next time mylilUcanefoolbitch ...

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HOLA ARTY !!! 4 days Brother !!!

I'm trying rrrrrreeeeaaaallll hard Arty, but these collective dumbasse cane clucks just keep drawing back in for their daily beatdowns off the field as well as on...

So sad and pathetic but they just don't know any better ...


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SEE YOU EARLY SAT ARTY MY BROTHER !!!

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnn ...

all is well ... plenty of quality depth all around. nothing to see here.

oh. and just for the record, as if I need anymore stats to blow ur delusions of grandeur completely off the face of ur candycaneland world. Try these stats...

Louisville stats verses the Gators in the Sugar Bowl ...

26 points - 23 first downs - 266 passing yards - 70 rushing yards - 336 total yards...

yeah, that's some mauling and less than 3 quarters than what ur sieve of an 'efense gave up in EVERY game documented above... EVERY ONE U colossal dope.

But by all means, keep bringing up how a top-10 Louisville MAULED the GATORS by 10 points, doing what u could never do for ur sorry cane selves, in a game that Florida didn't want to even play... Had it been u, tell us with all ur infinite wisdom what the score-first downs and total yards would have been...

Hey, u can pretend they're the Louisville Canes or Miami Cardinals Coached by a fine African American former Gator Gentleman named Randy Strong or Charlie Shannon in ur lil make believe CandyCaneLand... Now go take a shower u dumb Zooker cluck. ur bleeding outta every orifice after ur latest mauling dUmmy.

u enjoy now u hear ...

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TOO EASY ARTY !!! 'Dios Mang

oh looky here, another complete dumbasse clueless cane cluck... I and Sir Arthur will be attending a real SEC game, watching a real top-10 team, in a real on campus stadium in front of real 90+k fans, against a real Toledo taem that has gone 8-5/9-4/9-4 with 3 straight Bowl games and ranked ahead of u the last 3 years at 12:20 Saturday u dumb cluck...

but u enjoy urself canesmackmainliner against the Boca-DelVista hoot owls in front of 20k with siren echos and tarps flapping in the breeze friday night.

Just stop Ron Zook, 5-Titles and 9>5>2. You are getting owned and Beatdown to entirely new levels... Seriously, stop while you're still way behind. You're embarrassing yourselves and true Cane Fans everywhere.

here u go ... start with these 12 examples ...

ur much improved 2013 'efense with the loss of 4 key starters will be top-30 this year huh ...


BC--- 32 points - 29 first downs - 550 yards ...

KSU-- 52 points - 27 first downs - 500 yards ...

GT--- 36 points - 20 first downs - 420 yards ...

NCSt. 37 points - 30 first downs - 664 yards ...

ND -- 41 points - 28 first downs - 550 yards ...

UNC-- 14 points - 30 first downs - 486 yards ... (UNC-5 T.O.'s)

FSU-- 33 points - 23 first downs - 450 yards ...

Vir.- 41 points - 27 first downs - 520 yards ...

Duke- 45 points - 30 first downs - 600 yards ...


ur dynamic O. against the only 3 decent teams u played ?

KSU -- 13 points - 13 first downs - 262 yards ...

ND ---- 3 points - 12 first downs - 285 yards ...

FSU--- 20 points - 14 first downs - 258 yards ...

best in the Country riiieet ? Well, if u just play unranked teams maybe.

WEEZ gotz great depths heeya in gainesville

Silberman and Koehne both are experienced and capable. Having Halapio back for the second half of the season would be great, but as long as the rest of the line can stay healthy we should be OK.

"If not for a pick six on Florida's first possession."

Ahhh, yes. "IF," the code word of the loser. Like, "If UL-Laff doesn't get that punt blocked, then the Gatr doesn't even sniff the Sugar."

Or, "IF the Gatr Trash plays Johnny Football a few weeks later rather than his first SEC start, well, sorry Gatr."

Or, "If the blog Pig Soldy had a boyfriend, he wouldn't spend so much time poisoning all the blogs."

See how that works, Pig?

huntley johnson can get him off with a stretched labrum and he willbe able to play week 1. this guy works miricles.

Sorry about my spelling , the devil made me do it

Somebody posted the hit Morrison had on Manuel.....We ain't scared.....he's soft and looks small too!!!!!

Check This Out!!!!!!!!! Perryman is better than all 3 of your linebackers put together!!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybd_CKJAef4V

Note: Perryman was playing weight was around 225lb last year.....now he's at 240. Time to lay the lumber, I hope the turds have a good back up QB....LOL!!!

Sorry for the typo...^^^Perryman's playing weight^^^^

! Perryman is better than all 3 of your linebackers put together!!!!!

The things that come out of the mouth of imbeciles! Perryman is a decent player, he is the best of the #117 club. That's not saying much. But if he played for the Gators he would be that much ahead. He would have much better technique, discipline and understanding of the game, but not everyone can be a Gator.
So you fools keep posting your delusional diatribes, that will make it so much more amusing after your beatdown Sept 7th.

Waddup Aaron Hernandez.....don't drop da soap homie

"but not everyone can be a Gator."

No, that's true. But several felons and underperformers, like, well, all of the receivers in the past 7 years, and the QB's since Timmy Tears seem to fit right into the Gatr mold.

Here's to calling the NCAA

OlE BOy aInt MAkiN DA rOSter in nEw eNGlAnD

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