Florida’s Week 3 depth chart confirmed what many fans had feared since the conclusion of the Kentucky game last weekend: starting linebacker Ventrell Miller and starting right tackle Michael Tarquin are out with lower body injuries and no public timetable for a return.
Billy Napier left things at “they won’t play this week” when asked about the severity of the injuries, but he did name their replacements on the weekly depth chart that is provided each Wednesday night before a game.
Redshirt freshman Austin Barber is taking over for Tarquin on the right side of the line with Kamryn Waites serving as his backup. Waites was previously starting left tackle Richard Gouraigae’s backup, but Josh Braun has moved into that role for now.
Braun is best served as a backup guard, but Napier decided that he’s the best option to come in at left tackle with Barber now in a starting role. The new addition to the offensive line rotation is freshman Jalen Farmer at right guard.
As far as the other injured players go, the same five from last week are still listed with just one exception. Cornerback Jaydon Hill has been upgraded from “Out” to “Questionable,” which is an encouraging sign for a player that missed all of last year following ACL surgery. Hill could be back in the next few weeks, which would give the Gators another weapon in the secondary to work with.
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