Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators Notebook; Injuries on Line Hurting Offense

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators Notebook; Injuries on Line Hurting Offense

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Byline: Garry Smits

GAINESVILLE | With the exception of center, the University of Florida did not have a single player on the two-deep offensive line for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt who held the same spot for the opening game on Aug. 31 against Toledo.

That, perhaps even more than the early loss of quarterback Jeff Driskel for the season, might explain everything about the anemic look of the Gators' offense this season, which reached new depths in the 34-17 loss to the Commodores.

Senior Jonotthan Harrison started at center and senior Kyle Koehne backed up him on Saturday. Harrison is the only Gator lineman who has started every game. Florida has been unable to start the same five players on the line in back-to-back games since the LSU and Arkansas games.

The shuffling for the Vandy game did result in redshirt junior guard Ian Silberman of Fleming Island getting his first start of the season. Silberman had three starts in 2012.

The toll was clearly seen in the game. The Commodores, ninth in the SEC in sacks entering the game, had four on quarterback Tyler Murphy - who said miscommunication on the line led to a botched audible when the Gators had a first-and-goal at the Vandy 1 in the second quarter, and didn't score.

The latest injury setback for the Gators was the loss of tackle Tyler Moore this past week, who broke his arm in a scooter accident. Moore is the third tackle to be lost for the season, after Chaz Green (preseason) and D.J. Humphries (who started the first six games). Right guard Jon Halapio missed the first two games but has started every game since.


Bishop Kenny graduate Ahmad Fulwood caught a season-high three passes for 33 yards in the second half, including his first college touchdown, an 11-yarder from Murphy.

It was a bizarre play. …

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