UF injury update: Gardner, Goolsby undergo tests

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Michigan running back Ty Isaac looks for running room, as Florida defensive back Chauncey Gardner Jr. (23) defends in the first half Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Gardner left the game in the third quarter with an injury. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

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.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Who cares. This team is going no where. It is unbelievable that after only one week I don’t care about this team. The coaching staff is so bad and has given me no reason to hope that I have already written off the entire season. I hope they lose every game. That’s the only way to make sure the AD fires the coaching staff and cleans house.

  2. Personnel issues are irrelevant when the schemes, the play-calling, the core identity of the team are fundamentally wrong. The Saban tree of coaches isn’t the path forward. These coaches are out of their depth and they need to be replaced by real coaches with real ideas. These guys have no clue.

  3. Sincerely hoping Goolsby and Gardner are O.K. It seems the news just gets better and better with Florida Football… not! I do hope the tests come back negative for those 2. There’s a voodoo curse on the Florida Gator football team. Hoping Hurricane Irma will blow the curse up to Michigan!
    Go Gator players! And Coaches… show us! It’s past time!

  4. “Who cares?” Really? This is how low we have devolved as a fan base? Two young men who have worked hard and played with a lot of heart get injured, perhaps badly, and “Who cares?”. Man, that is one helluva screwed-up mentality. This reflects your values and priorities in life? If these were your sons, would you care? Pathetic. “I hope they lose every game.” Really? Sad. Really sad.

  5. FIRECOACHMAC.COM
    Coach Mac is a freaking moron plain and simple. If I could make millions and SUCK at my job…!!! I cannot stand his good ol’ humble pie aww shucks BS!! Hey Mac, take your idiot O coordinator and your family and hit the freakin’ street you big toothed idiot!!

  6. DOES A TEAM TAKE ON THE MENTALITY OF ITS HEAD COACH? I DEFINITELY THINK SO. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN NICK SABAN OR JIM HARBAUGH SHOW UP AT A PRESS CONFERENCE NOT WEARING SOCKS OR SAYING “MAN IS THIS COOL OR WHAT”? THIS COACH WON THE PAST TWO YEARS WITH MUSCHAMPS DEFENSIVE TALENT. HE IS JUST NOT TOUGH ENOUGH AND MUSCHAMPS PLAYERS ARE GONE. GOING TO BE A LONG YEAR FOR US GATORS.