GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida defensive tackle Joey Ivie was ruled out for the Vanderbilt game Monday, but he’ll miss more time than that.
Gators coach Jim McElwain said Ivie had surgery on his injured thumb and will be out for at least a month.
“Joey Ivie will be out for a while,” McElwain said. “He had his hand worked on. That will be four or five (weeks), whenever that thing gets taken care of.”
With Ivie sidelined, McElwain said several players must take on bigger roles at the position, including starter Caleb Brantely.
“Caleb’s got to get us a little more probably inside,” McElwain said. “Taven Bryan’s a guy that’s got to step up and obviously Khairi Clark, who’s been playing a bunch anyway. But those guys, we’ll focus on them moving forward. Getting some of those other D-linemen more involved on the inside and on the outside.
“CeCe (Jefferson) is going to be called on to do a little more. Jachai Polite, who’s played some for us. Luke Ancrum. Those guys are going to have to step in there and play with pad level, play with a sense of urgency, do your job, stay gap sound, compete, not guess, you know, all those type of things. The communication when you get new guys in there has got to be utmost.”
McElwain said quarterback Luke Del Rio has been upgraded to “questionable” after practicing Wednesday. Right guard Tyler Jordan (eye) will probably travel with the team to Vanderbilt as an emergency option.
Linebacker Daniel McMillian reaggravated his neck or trapezius muscle, but may be able to play against the Commodores.
“He’s a guy that we’d love to have in this ball game,” McElwain said.