Florida safety Marcus Maye is out for the season.
As relayed by SEC Country’s Ryan Young, Florida coach Jim McElwain said after the Gators’ 20-7 victory over South Carolina that Maye would miss the rest of the fall after the senior broke “something” in his left arm during the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
“Marcus will be done, obviously,” McElwain said via Young. “I just feel horrible, but he’s done so much. His draft stock looking down the road has risen drastically because of how he played so this won’t have any bearing on it. He has a broken something in his arm.”
Before Saturday, Maye had enjoyed a strong season. The 6-foot, 216-pounder from Melbourne, Florida, had totaled at least five tackles in six of Florida’s games in the Gators’ attempt to repeat as SEC East champions. He had one tackle Saturday before the injury, which will force Maye to miss games against LSU on Nov. 19 and Florida State on Nov. 26 before a possible date in the SEC championship game on Dec. 3.
Some observers have said Maye has increased his draft stock during his senior season, as McElwain pointed out Saturday. Going into the weekend, he had 49 tackles, a team-leading 28 solo tackles, one interception and one sack. Some mock drafts have pegged him as a second-round pick or higher.
Last season, USA Today and Pro Football Focus named him a first-team All-American. He also earned honorable mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated. During the 2015 campaign, he had 82 tackles, five forced fumbles and two interceptions.