GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Alex Anzalone has shown no ill effects from his season-ending shoulder injury in 2015.
The Florida redshirt junior linebacker missed all but two games last year, but his shoulder healed without needing surgery. Anzalone was full-go in fall camp after being non-contact during spring practice.
“His strength level and stability is better than it’s ever been,” Gators coach Jim McElwain said. “So, I don’t see any limitations there at all. In fact, he’s probably taken more than what we anticipated.
“That’s through our trainers and team doctors as far as where he is. … There are going to be no limitations there at all.”
Anzalone had surgery on the same shoulder after his freshman season, but his talent has always been evident to the coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins said Anzalone was considered one of the best players on the team heading into 2015.
He now takes over for Antonio Morrison as the full-time starter at inside linebacker. Anzalone is confident he won’t be at risk of re-injuring his shoulder this season.
“I don’t want to get technical, but my shoulder is structurally perfect. It wasn’t before,” Anzalone told SEC Country at media day. “It’s not something that was a big injury last year. It was just something that was small and just something had to get fixed and (then) taking the precaution route. It was a really short recovery.”
Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.