Two Florida starters — safety Chauncey Gardner and tight end DeAndre Goolsby — sustained possible season-ending injuries in the loss to Michigan on Saturday.
Gardner injured his knee in the third quarter. Goolsby sustained an unspecified injury. Both players underwent MRIs on Sunday and UF is waiting for the results.
“We’ll know on those guys later in the week and I’ll let you know as soon as that happens,” UF coach Jim McElwain said.
Gardner’s injury could have a big impact on the young secondary, especially with the other starting safety, Nick Washington, battling through a shoulder injury that sidelined him briefly in Saturday’s game.
The possible replacement for Gardner, who posted to social media a photo of him in a walking boot and crutches, are true freshmen Shawn Davis and Brad Stewart and redshirt freshman Jeawon Taylor. Stewart and Taylor played on special teams Saturday.
“Brad Stewart’s got to have a really good week. Shawn will obviously play,” McElwain said. “But we’ll need to make sure we’re OK in that area as well with Jeawon Taylor, who had a really good week of practice and did some really good things on special teams. Those guys are going to have to step in and pick up, especially with Nick and kind of his shoulder on and off a little bit, which is something we anticipated and yet he finished the game and did some good things as well.”
At tight end, if Goolsby is out, C’yontai Lewis moves up as the starter and Moral Stephens would be the backup.
“Moral Stephens came in and gave us some good reps and he’ll keep working there. Kalif Jackson as well,” McElwain said.
Fourth-team quarterback Kyle Trask could need a pin to repair a foot injury after he got rolled over in practice last Thursday.