Matt Elam, among others, missed practice time this week de to the flu. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Florida Gators Football: News and Notes

A flu bug has hit the team this week and affected a number of players including Matt Elam who missed practice on Wednesday.  The team is expected to be fine for this game with the exception of backup DT Leon Orr who Muschamp says is out for this game with, ” a 72 hour deal”.  He was hospitalized earlier in the week.  But Muschamp says “he’ll be fine”.

Xavier Nixon(knee) and  Lerentee McCray (sprained ankle) are questionable for the Missouri Game.  Muschamp said, “I would expect both of them to play at this point” but that Neiron Ball and Dante Fowler would fill in for McCray at the Buck position if he is unable to play.

Cody Riggs is still out with the fractured foot he suffered against Texas A&M and looks like a medical redshirt is possible for him this season.

Muschamp had praise for his three defensive freshman superstars.

Asked how Dante’s coming along Will said, “really good, you know I think it’s hard to play as a freshman in any situation much less the SEC I think he’s been really productive.  You look at him and Bullard, Jon Bullard, Antonio Morrison, all of those guys have been very productive for true freshman.  I’ve been very pleased with what they’ve been able to accomplish.”

Asked about the preparation for Saturday’s game,

“Missouri will catch your attention” Muschamp said.  “You turn on the film of  Sheldon Richardson it’ll catch your attention very quickly.  A guy that leads his  defense in tackles from the defensive tackle position.  It’s very hard to do.”

On the Missouri offense, Muschamp stated that

“James Franklin and what they do offensively presents issues creates a lot of one on one matchups.”

Muschamp and company know this will not be a cakewalk particularly with Franklin back in the starting lineup.  Their quick passing game with his athletic ability means guys have to play sound and tackle well.

Here’s to hoping the Gator football team rebounds better than the basketball team did last night.  The men’s basketball team was called out by Billy Donovan for a lackluster rebounding effort in last night’s exhibition win over Nebraska-Kearney where they only had a 3 rebound margin over the smaller Division II team.  Hopefully the football team will rebound well from last week’s devastating loss to rival Georgia tomorrow against conference newcomer Missouri.



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