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.”
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.
REMAINING INJURY REPORT
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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