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Handful of Gators should be good to go against South Carolina

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Injuries have limited some key Florida players in recent weeks, but heading into this Saturday’s showdown with South Carolina, the Gators appear to be much healthier.

On Monday, coach Will Muschamp said Monday he expects linebacker Jelani Jenkins, defensive end Dominique Easley and lineman Jon Harrison, James Wilson and Xavier Nixon to play against the Gamecocks. All five missed either part or all of last week’s win at Vanderbilt.

We’re hopeful to have all those guys back,” Muschamp said. “They’re all definitely going to be fine or probable at the worst, except with (Latroy) Pittman, who would be questionable at this time.”

Jenkins has been slowed with a hamstring injury and Easley has been battling a knee problem. Harrison and Nixon both played against the Commodores, but left with injuries.

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5 Responses to “Handful of Gators should be good to go against South Carolina”
  1. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 17, 2012 7:18 AM

    Yay for us, we’re going to need all the help we can get! Go Gators!

  2. florida727 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:39 AM

    Definitely good news for us because South Carolina presents an incredible challenge, regardless of their loss last week at LSU. In fact, maybe more so because they’re ‘irritated’.

    Having the linemen back will be key but it’s obviously difficult to quantify how critical it is to have Jenkins and Easley back on ‘D’. Those two are human wrecking balls, and against a back like Marcus Lattimore, you better have all your defensive weapons or you’re going to get exposed. Lattimore scares the heck out of me. And if we don’t pressure Connor Shaw, he’ll have a field day at our expense. Bottom line: our defense better bring their ‘A’ game if we’re to remain unbeaten. Don’t let the loss to LSU fool you, this is still one heck of a football team that still controls their own future.

    Should be a great game. Go Gators!

  3. gogatorsjohn says: Oct 17, 2012 1:27 PM

    I agree with 727. I am worried about Shaw and his ability to use his legs and throw on the run, kinda like Johnny Football but not to that extreme. At least UF has played and has tape against Shaw. I think S. Carolina better be prepared for UF’s running game. LSU was able to wear them down at the end. That is UF’s strength. IF Driskel can set the tone and complete some small yardage throws and run like normal UF should win. I am worried about the pressure the Gamecocks can bring with Clowney so that’s why I think it’s important to get off those quick throws. Anything more would be a bonus. It’s gonna be an extremely close game and it could go either way. Go Gators!

  4. blitz4848 says: Oct 17, 2012 1:31 PM

    South Carolina is a GOOD football team but they are NOT real physical. LSU did to South Carolina what Florida did to them the week before. They lined up and ran it down their throat and out physicaled them.

    Florida will do the same and by the end of 3rd and into the 4th the Gators will inpose their will on the Gamecocks.

    Not knocking South Carolina as they have several studs who will be lining up on Sundays really soon.

    The SEC is “a line of scrimmage conference” and Florida has the depth on BOTH lines to wear down and punish South Carolina!!!!

    Gators 27 Gamecocks 17

  5. gogatorsjohn says: Oct 17, 2012 1:44 PM

    I like your enthusiasm Blitz. I do think you are right about being more physical. And the news that our line will be healthier on both sides of the ball helps tremendously. I think thats a big part but also we eventually have to factor in Quarterback play. Driskel may be forced to make some plays with his arm. And I hope that we aren’t playing from behind by a double-digit mark because that would be a disaster. Don’t have any turnovers and play physical the whole game and it’s UF’s to lose.

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