There were a number of notable changes on the weekly update to Florida’s depth chart, most of which had to do with injuries and departures from the team.
Following the departure of JACK linebacker Brenton Cox Jr., Antwaun Powell-Ryland Jr. is now listed as the starter with Lloyd Summerall III and David Reese behind him. Summerall should be the No. 2, but he is coming off an injury.
Nickelback Kamar Wilcoxson’s third-string spot at the STAR position was left blank this week.
Wide receiver Justin Shorter might be the most notable addition to the injury report. Florida’s leading receiver is listed as questionable for Saturday’s contest with a lower-body injury. Shorter ranks in the top 10 for receiving yards among SEC players and has hauled in a pair of touchdown passes this year.
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Tight end Keon Zipperer is also dealing with an injury and won’t play on Saturdays. An Instagram post that was later deleted sparked some fear that he’d be out for the rest of the year, but Billy Napier said there’s still hope for him to return this year.
“Keon, I don’t know where that got blown out of — that’s wild,” Napier said with a smile. “Keon’ got a little bit of a knee (injury). Nothing long-term there. It’s very much to be determined based off his rehab and recovery right now. We don’t expect him to be available this weekend, but long-term no issue there.”
Inside linebacker Scooby Williams is questionable to play as well, but the corps of Amari Burney and Ventrell Miller should hold up with true freshman Shemar James and sophomore Derek Wingo behind them.
Linebacker Diwun Black, tight ends Arlis Boardingham and Nick Elksnis and cornerback Devin Moorewere all listed as out once again. Napier provided an update on Moore following a shoulder surgery that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
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