CeCe Jefferson figures to be one of the more important players for Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators this season. But he’ll spend the next few months rehabbing, as he has undergone right shoulder surgery, according to the Gainesville Sun’s Robbie Andreu.
Per Andreu, Jefferson will miss four months with the injury, which puts him out until mid-August. Florida opens its 2018 season on Sept. 1 when the Gators host Charleston Southern.
Last season, Jefferson racked up 47 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks for the Gators. He bypassed the 2018 NFL Draft and decided to come back to Florida for his senior season. Jefferson was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school and the 2017 campaign was his best as a Gator, as he led the team in tackles for a loss and sacks.
Andreu added that Jefferson could be out for all of preseason camp and that his source on the matter called the injury significant. Jefferson’s injury occurred during the first half of Florida’s spring game, which was held this past Saturday.
Florida brought in Todd Grantham to run the defense for Mullen. Last year, Grantham worked wonders for the Mississippi State defense as the Bulldogs won 9 games and went from 110th in total defense in 2016 to 10th in 2017. Florida finished 31st in total defense last season.