Two UF defensive players out vs. Vanderbilt

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Florida linebacker Jeremiah Moon sits on sideline during Saturday's game against Georgia at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. [Matt Pendleton/Correspondent]

 Jeremiah Moon, one of Florida’s most versatile defensive players, could be out for the remainder of the regular season after injuring his foot in Saturday’s loss to Georgia.

 “Jeremiah Moon is going to be out for a little bit here with a foot injury,” UF coach Dan Mullen said Monday.

 Over the course of the season Moon has started eight games and played at three different positions — rush end, outside linebacker and the star position. He has recorded 31 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for losses, three sacks, two pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and recovered a fumble.

 Outside linebacker/star Amari Burney also was hurt in Saturday’s game, but his unspecified injury is not as serious.

 “He’s doubtful this week, but we’ll see,” Mullen said. “We should get him back before the end of the year.”

On Taggart

 Not long after Mullen was named the head coach at UF, FSU hired Willie Taggart. Nine games into only his second season with the Seminoles, Taggart is gone, fired Sunday, the day after FSU’s 27-10 loss to arch-rival Miami.

 “I’ve never been an athletic director and had to make that decision (to fire a coach during the season),” Mullen said. “I think it’s always tough. I’ve always thought of finishing out seasons. I’ve never been on that side of it. 

 “But on the other side, when I was coaching a team, I would never take a call until the regular season was over from anybody else, because that team, everybody just deserves that year. And you finish up the year and you see where you’re at from there.”

Records of Power 5 coaches hired in 2018

Dan Mullen, UF: 17-5

Mario Cristobal, Oregon: 15-7

Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M: 15-7

Herm Edwards, Arizona State: 12-9

Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State: 12-10

Willie Taggart, FSU: 9-12

Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee: 9-12

Kevin Sumlin, Arizona: 9-12

Scott Frost, Nebraska : 8-13

Chip Kelly, UCLA: 7-14

Jonathan Smith, Oregon State: 6-14

Chad Morris, Arkansas: 4-17

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