GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain said he will monitor linebacker Jarrad Davis’ progress from an ankle injury before making a decision on his status later in the week heading into the Gators’ showdown with Georgia this Saturday.
Davis sustained a bad ankle sprain in the team’s 40-14 win over Missouri two weekends ago.
The senior leads the Gators with 48 total tackles, is tied for the team lead with 4 pass break-ups and has 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 3 quarterback hurries as well.
“Right now that’s one that we’ll push through the week, and know this, we won’t ever jeopardize anything there. It would have to be right in all these guys’ cases,” McElwain said.
That also goes for redshirt-senior defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. (thumb), redshirt-junior defensive end Jordan Sherit (knee) and senior nose tackle Joey Ivie (thumb). Sherit and Ivie have missed the last two games, while Cox did not play against Missouri after sustaining a fluke injury during pregame warm-ups.
“All three of them ran around a little bit. We’ll see more as practice goes on obviously,” McElwain said. “Today’s in spiders so I won’t have any earth-shattering news there. We should know more obviously Wednesday.”
Junior tight end DeAndre Goolsby is also on the injury list, presumably with the injured finger he sustained against Missouri.
“He came out yesterday, did some things. It will be interesting to see how he’s able to handle that throughout the week so I’d say that one would be questionable as well,” McElwain said.
Goolsby, who has a team-high 25 receptions, had returned to action after getting his finger tended to on the sideline of that game, and Sherit and Ivie had seemed to be trending in a positive direction heading into the bye week.
Davis would be the biggest loss of the bunch, though, if he can’t play.
Redshirt-senior safety Marcus Maye spoke Monday of what it would mean to get Davis back against Georgia.
“It’s big. Losing your main guy on your defense and your centerpiece is definitely a big loss, but he’s been getting treatment. He’s been in the training room 24/7. Having him back out on the field is definitely going to be exciting, definitely a plus,” he said.
Asked a follow-up as to how realistic he thinks Davis’ return this week is, Maye said it’s still up in the air.
“I mean, Jarrad is the type of person not to miss anything. He’s a competitor so him being on the fence of playing and having to sit out is definitely killing him, but he’s doing everything he can to come back,” he said. “He’s in the training room 24/7, he’s always icing and stuff like that. He hasn’t missed a meeting or anything, so he’s still around. But all effort is into getting Jarrad back right now.”