With a trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship on the line, the Florida Gators may be without two offensive line starters for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.
At his weekly press conference, Jim McElwain announced that starting left tackle David Sharpe will likely miss the game with a foot injury and left guard Martez Ivey is questionable with swelling in his knee. Ivey had a minor procedure on the knee before the season started.
“Probably the biggest issues we’re going have is on the offensive line,” McElwain said. “David Sharpe did something to his foot. He’s in a boot. It’s a big boot. He’s a big guy, it’s a big boot. So he probably won’t go. Martez Ivey, his knee actually swelled up from that thing that he had earlier.”
With some holes on the offensive line, McElwain explained what the team will have to do moving forward if both guys aren’t able to play.
“What that means is Fred Johnson is going to have to play,” McElwain said. “He played in the last ball game and played pretty darn good. Obviously, Mason (Halter) will move over to left if needed and having (Travaris) Dorsey back is really going to help us on the inside. So we’ve got some things we need to adjust up front. That’s all part of the game.”
Florida and Vanderbilt will kick off at noon this Saturday.