Scooter accident KOs UF's Moore


Florida offensive linesman Tyler Moore (73) sits dejected during the final minutes against Georgia on Saturday.

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Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 11:46 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 11:46 a.m.

The injury-depleted Florida Gators finally came out of a game with no new injuries last Saturday, only to have yet another starter go down this week in a scooter accident, of all things.

Left offensive tackle Tyler Moore broke his elbow in a scooter accident Tuesday night and will miss the remainder of the season, UF coach Will Muschamp confirmed Wednesday on the SEC coaches' teleconference.

“Unfortunately, last night, Tyler Moore was riding home on his scooter and he came around a curve and the back tire came out from underneath him and he has a compound fracture of his elbow,” Muschamp said. “He's in surgery as we speak. So, he'll be out for the season.

“We'll know more about his prognosis and how long (he'll be out) after the surgery.”

Muschamp said Moore was riding home from practice when the accident occurred near campus. Moore, Muschamp said, had just eaten at the campus dining hall.

Moore's injury further depletes an offensive line that is running out of healthy bodies and options.

Muschamp said Moore's spot in the lineup will be taken by Max Garcia, who moves outside from his left guard position. Muschamp said either Kyle Koehne or Ian Silberman will start at left guard, and that Trip Thurman will be the backup at both tackle positions.

Garcia, who played left tackle at Maryland, said last week that he's now more comfortable at guard than tackle, but would make the move back to tackle if the team needed him there.

Moore was coming off perhaps his best performance of the season against Georgia after making the move from right tackle to left to replace starter D.J. Humphries, who has a sprained knee and also will miss Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.

The Gators will now be going into Saturday's game without their top three offensive tackles — Moore, Humphries and Chaz Green, who is out for the season with a torn labrum. That's nine players lost to injury for the season, and the fifth offensive starter.

Injuries have become the story for the 4-4 Gators this season.

Muschamp said he's never seen or been a part of a team that has been this depleted by injuries.

“No, I haven't,” he said. “But, again, I always talk to our guys about man down, man up. We're not going to make excuses. We don't make excuses or have regrets in preparing for what we do.

“It's unfortunate, but somebody else needs to step up and play productive football. The expectation level here doesn't change. That's why you want to coach at a place like Florida, and why you want to play at a place like Florida.”

Muschamp said he feels for Moore, a Nebraska transfer who struggled earlier this season at right tackle, but seemed to find a comfort zone at left tackle last Saturday.

“I hurt for Tyler,” Muschamp said. “He didn't play very well against Missouri and he took that personally. He's a good young man. He really does everything we ask on and off the field. He's an outstanding member of our football team.

“It's very unfortunate. In all these situations, I feel for the player, because these guys put in so much time and effort over a 12-month period to get that opportunity to go play in the fall. When that's taken away, it's very disappointing.”

Moore is the fifth offensive starter who is out for the season with an injury. The others are Green, quarterback Jeff Driskel, tailback Matt Jones and wide receiver Andre Debose.

UF also has lost its best defensive player, tackle Dominique Easley, for the season with an ACL injury.

It's been hit after hit for the Gators, starting with the Debose injury early in camp.

“No, I don't think I have (ever been a part of a team with this many injuries),” defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said Wednesday. “Not that I can remember.

“But it's part of the game. Every team is affected somehow by it, and it's really not something we've even addressed or talked about with our guys. I mean it is what it is.

“And it's man down, man up, and that's one we continue to do. Surely, no one wants to hear about those problems we have, or really cares about them much. It's part of the game, we've just got to move on and keep fighting through it."

Contact Robbie Andreu at 352-374-5022 or andreur@gvillesun.com. Also check out Andreu's blog at Gatorsports.com.

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