The Florida Gators could possibly return to action two of their best bench players, junior guard Mike Rosario and sophomore forward Will Yeguete, Saturday night against the Arkansas Razorbacks. The two players missed Tuesday’s win over Alabama.
Rosario has missed the last two games with a hip pointer, but he was cleared to practice Friday. Billy Donovan has not yet cleared Rosario to play against the Razorbacks and has said that sophomore guard/forward Casey Prather and sophomore guard Scottie Wilbekin may be better options as Rosario works to get back into game shape. Wilbekin picked up most of the bench minutes, playing twenty-two minutes Tuesday while Prather only played two.
Yeguete may also make a return Saturday night. He suffered his second concussion of the season last Saturday against the Tennessee Volunteers and missed Tuesday’s game. Fortunately for the Gators, they held a size advantage against Alabama – one of the few times all season – and won the rebound battle. Yeguete passed all five post-concussion tests this week after passing only two by Tuesday, but Donovan says he will still be evaluated by team doctors before the game Saturday night and has only been cleared to practice thus far.
The two players, particularly Yeguete, could play key roles if they are cleared to play when they travel to Arkansas for the SEC matchup. Concussions and the health of players have been major concerns for sports. Would you rather Yeguette return Saturday and possibly risk further injury, or rest until fully healthy? The end of the regular season is approaching, and it is important to start thinking about the tournaments and not necessarily rushing someone back that might not be entirely ready.