GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain on Wednesday said that fifth-year senior Jordan Sherit underwent season-ending surgery on his right hip earlier this week, effectively ending his college career.
“It’s a bad deal, man,” McElwain said on the SEC coaches teleconference.
Sherit, who has gone through a pair of knee injuries in his football career, was having the best season of his Florida career before the injury. He had a team-high 9 quarterback hurries six games into the season to go along with 23 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He had 4 tackles, a half-sack and a pair of quarterback hurries against Texas A&M on Saturday before the injury late in the fourth quarter.
“Oh man, I hate it for Jordan Sherit,” linebacker Kylan Johnson said. “I haven’t talked to him since the game, but, you know, all prayer to him.”
Sherit highlighted a long-winded injury from McElwain on Wednesday.
In addition to Sherit, redshirt freshman safety Quincy Lenton underwent a knee procedure and is out. Fifth-year senior Nick Washington, who re-aggravated his right shoulder against LSU, is also out.
The five-player combination of defensive end Jabari Zuniga (ankle), wide receivers Tyrie Cleveland (ankle) and Kadarius Toney (shoulder), offensive lineman Martez Ivey (knee) and defensive back Chauncey Gardner (ankle) are “very limited and basically out this week” as the Gators have a bye. They will hope to be ready to go by the Georgia game on Oct. 28.
Add in fifth-year safety Marcell Harris, who suffered a season-ending torn right Achilles tendon before fall camp began, and redshirt junior quarterback Luke Del Rio, and Florida has eight of its main players out overall for the time being and three out for the season.
“It’s crazy,” wide receiver Dre Massey said. “I’ve never seen anything like this, ever.”