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Morrison sidelined for the season, Murphy banged up

GAINESVILLE -- Antonio Morrison -- Florida’s starting middle linebacker and team-leading tackler with 56 stops -- will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, coach Will Muschamp announced Monday.

“He tore his meniscus. It’s a radial tear, the same thing [tailback] Matt Jones did,” Muschamp said. “Just very disappointed for him.”

(Courtesy usatoday.com)

UF’s sophomore linebacker was suspended to start the season, missing the opener against Toledo before starting Florida’s next eight games.  Morrison entered the year with lofty expectations, but the linebacker struggled for much of the season, plagued by missed tackles and blown coverages.

According to the school, Morrison actually tore his meniscus early in the loss to Vanderbilt but never left the game due to injury, recording a team-high 10 tackles.

Freshman linebacker Jarrad Davis, a special teams ace, will enter the starting lineup at the weak-side linebacker position, while redshirt junior Michael Taylor will shift to his natural position and play middle linebacker.

Morrison is UF’s seventh-starter -- and 10th player overall -- to sustain a season-ending injury. 


Quarterback Tyler Murphy (AC shoulder sprain) will miss Monday and Tuesday’s practice, but the team is hopeful the redshirt junior can still start Saturday at South Carolina. Murphy, who tossed for a career-high 305 yards but also three interceptions in the homecoming loss to Vanderbilt, admitted if the game were today he would be unable to play.

“It’s very difficult just because after these last few losses and not playing well on Saturday, I need all the practice I can get,” he said. “It’s just frustrating being banged up a little bit and having to sit out and try to get healthy. I’m just gonna live in the training room and get healthy and try to get back out there as soon as possible.”

Murphy added that his shoulder sprain hasn’t completely affected his gameday performances. 

“Going into the practices and stuff like that, I've been fighting a little bit of pain, but nothing too crazy. But when I get to the game, adrenaline takes over, and I'm usually good to go."

VIDEO: Murphy talks Saturday's performance, the mental state of the team and dealing with so many season-ending injuries.



Starting cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) is questionable for Saturday’s game and will miss the first two days of practice this week. Left tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL sprain) is doubtful, but wideout Solomon Patton’s knee “is fine” and the senior should start this weekend. 

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Except a Gator win this week. Spurrier always loses these type of games.

Florida 21
Carolina 13

Highly doubtful. We can barely field an entire healthy team let alone beat South Carolina! Never seen anything like this. Talk about having a black cloud over your team!

Wah wah wah .Reload! Its what we do? Where are all these recruits? Blah blah 5 star blah.

Still talking? 42pts by VT and you're still talking?

4-5 and you're still asking! Still asking!

A 3rd of our starting team has gone down with injuries. It's pretty obvious what's wrong with our team. No one is arguing the fact that we suck this year. You guys have been running your mouths for 10 years now as if you are the greatest team on the planet. This year was the worst of all because you won a game against the gators that only happened because they turned the ball over 5 times. Other than that game, you've played a bunch of glorified high school teams and needed last second tds against 2 sorry teams to win. You got destroyed by a great team, and a team that got beat by Duke and BC. You have been by far the most overrated team in the history of college football this year. You guys have won nothing in 10 years and counting, yet here you are still talking trash. You are by far the biggest loser on the planet! Keep talking though, because that's all you've got!

Even fellow cane minions have called this loser out and told him to stop trash talking. They know they can't trash talk cause they suck. Only complete idiots lie sid keep running their mouths when their team sucks and has sucked for over a decade now.

Only in Miami. Only a Miami Moron.

Que the excuses from Jlo and gatordumb, love this sight. Now project on to Miami so you misery does not consume you ladies. Now Morrison has time to get arrested a couple more time and bark at some police dogs, bawahhhhh

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