GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After No. 24 Florida’s momentous last-second win over No. 23 Tennessee on Saturday, Florida coach Jim McElwain gave an injury update regarding three of Florida’s defensive starters.
Versatile sophomore Chauncey Gardner Jr. had an ankle injury but played the majority of the game. He finished with 4 tackles and a pass breakup.
“We’ll see kind of where that is,” McElwain said. “He was kind of in and out. He gutted through it.”
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Senior Duke Dawson came out late in the game with a head injury. He finished the game with 6 tackles, an interception and 2 pass breakups.
In his absence, Florida relied on freshmen Marco Wilson and C.J. Henderson along with redshirt freshman C.J. McWilliams at cornerback.
“I don’t know where we’ll be with [Dawson]. We had to pull him, got hit in the head,” McElwain said. “But with that being said, there were a bunch of rookies in there running around doing some things. That will be a cherished memory for those rookies as their time being Gators moves forward.”
Linebacker Vosean Joseph was also out late in the game with an undisclosed injury, which coupled with Dawson’s absence paved the way for redshirt freshman Jeremiah Moon to get extensive playing time. Moon, who has the ability to play in the nickel as well as strongside linebacker, finished with two tackles and a pair of quarterback hurries.
“I think Moon played more than he’s ever played,” McElwain said.
Wide receiver Brandon Powell and linebacker David Reese also had in-game injuries but returned to the game.