Florida can’t quite catch a break when it comes to injuries and attrition this preseason. The latest to miss some time will be offensive lineman Jon Halapio.
Will Muschamp said Friday that Halapio has a torn left pectoral muscle. He’s likely to miss the season opener against Toledo and the Week 2 game against Miami, but is expected to be back in time for the Gators’ third game of the year against Tennessee.
Losing Halapio for the opener should be manageable, but depending on how long it takes for Matt Jones to fully recover from his viral infection, the Gators’ ground game could be a question mark against the Hurricanes, which now feature an upgraded defensive line with the additions of transfers David Gilbert and Justin Renfrow.
The good news is that Halapio figures to be back in time for SEC play. Perhaps Jones will be back by then as well.