Florida Gators offensive lineman Tyler Moore, a starting offensive tackle, suffered a compound fracture in his right elbow after crashing a scooter on Tuesday night and has been ruled out for the season. According to Gators head coach Will Muschamp, Moore was driving home from practice on Tuesday night when he crashed. He had surgery to repair the injury last night. Moore is the second tackle Florida has lost this season.
This will challenge the depth of the Gators quite severely as they head into the last month of the season, and if they can’t find a good rearrangement the Gators could miss making a bowl game. Left guard Max Garcia will move to right tackle to replace Moore, and either Ian Silberman or Kyle Koehne will take over at left guard. Florida’s offense, which has struggled for most of the year, has relied mostly on the running game at this point which is averaging 159 yards per game.
Quarterback Tyler Murphy hasn’t had a ton of time to throw this year anyways, and now with another reconstruction of the offensive line he may be running for his life more than usual. He’s been sacked 17 times this year which isn’t a terrible number, but his mobility has helped to keep that number down.
Florida still has two games remaining against ranked teams this season and faces a tough Vanderbilt squad this Saturday. If they drop this game to the Commodores, the Gators risk not becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 1990 (which was only due to a lingering bowl ban) and risk suffering their first losing season since 1979.
After Vanderbilt, Florida pays a visit to No. 12 South Carolina and finishes the season at home against No. 2 Florida State. Sandwiched in between those games is a game against the feared Eagles from Georgia Southern. A win against Vanderbilt is imperative if Florida wants to keep their bowl streak intact because they won’t be beating South Carolina or Florida State.