Scott Carter’s Blog Carter’s Corner
Gators linebacker Michael Taylor will miss Saturday's game with a knee injury.
The Gators host No. 2-ranked Florida State on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
In a fitting end to the season, Gators coach Will Muschamp announced that linebackers Michael Taylor (sprained MCL) and Alex Anzalone (shoulder) will miss the final game because of injuries suffered in the loss to Georgia Southern.
As for Taylor, the team’s second leading tackler to go down – fellow linebacker Antonio Morrison led the team in tackles when he underwent season-ending knee surgery after the Vanderbilt game – there is at least some good news.
“He’s got a Grade 2 MCL,’’ Muschamp said. “There’s no surgery needed.”
Anzalone, a true freshman who has played in nine games, is not as fortunate. Anzalone will need surgery after he dislocated his right shoulder Saturday.
Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder) is listed as questionable – “Right now, medical staff has not cleared him,’’ Muschamp said – offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (knee) is doubtful, defensive end Jonathan Bullard (knee) is probable and cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) “will be ready to go.”
With the linebackers decimated by injury, Muschamp said walk-on David Campbell will see action. Campbell came in during the fourth quarter against Georgia Southern. Muschamp added that true freshman Daniel McMillian, who has played on special teams, has played sparingly at linebacker due to a thumb injury.
“It’s hard to play linebacker if you can’t take a guy on,’’ Muschamp said. “It’s nothing he’s missed any time with.”
Check back with GatorZone.com later for more on the Gators as they prepare to face Florida State.