Updated: UF running back Malik Davis out with broken foot

Florida running back Malik Davis. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Florida sophomore running back Malik Davis sustained a broken foot in the win over Colorado State on Saturday and is out indefinitely, Mullen said Monday.

“He’ll be out for an extended period of time,” Mullen said. “We’re not sure on the maximum extent of the period yet.”

With Davis out, along with the transfer of Adarius Lemons, the Gators are down to four scholarship tailbacks — Jordan Scarlett, Lamical Perine, true freshman Dameon Pierce and true freshman Iverson Clement, who has been practicing at safety. In the first three games this season Davis has rushed for 61 yards on 13 carries.

“We’re all praying for Malik for a speedy recovery,” quarterback Feleipe Franks said. “We have some guys that can step up like Dameon coming in, obviously Scarlett, Perine doing a good job as well. So, we’ll be fine but it’s also a big loss for us and we’ll be praying for him that he has a speedy recovery.”

Pierce, who had a 68-yard TD run in the 48-10 victory over the Rams, likely will get more carries, Mullen said.

“He’s doing a good job,” Mullen said. “The big thing that I look for, he’s doing the things we’re asking him to do. He’s doing a pretty good job on special teams, he’s playing hard on special teams. I think he’s a good player with the ball in his hands. It’s doing the other little things that he’s learning.

“He has to know what route to run, how to run routes, how to catch the ball, how to protect within pass protection. All of those little things are steps that he’s going to continue to grow and continue to build on into the future.”

While the Gators will be without Davis against Tennessee on Saturday night, they might have two players who missed the first three games due to injuries — starting middle linebacker David Reese (ankle) and No. 2 nickel C.J. McWilliams (unspecified).

“We feel very opportunistic about getting David Reese and C.J. McWilliams back this week,” Mullen said. “And (safety) Shawn Davis will be questionable. He may have the opportunity to be back for us this week.”


  1. Well this sucks. Davis seems like a good kid and a strong runner. Mudd is right about him finding seams. Get better quick.

    Looks like we’ll get to find out sooner than we expected what Pierce can do when the minutes matter and the LBs are bigger and faster.

  2. The future is bright for this young man imo if he can get past the injuries. All the best to Malik in his recovery. More reps for Perine, Scarlet, & Pearce. Clement back to RB I’d imagine. Probably 2 RBs in this class? Perhaps a FB? Go Gators!

  3. I’d sit Davis out for a year on a redshirt, get his knee and his foot healed up properly. I don’t care how good your rehab is, or who you are, a knee surgery weighs on your mind. It creeps in and gives a person ”doubt.”
    I know myself through experience. We all need ”good wheels”, whether on a car or on our bodies. And I hope Davis heals up well, takes this year to get 110%. Both mentally and physically. And then comes back next year after Scarlett and Perine are gone, and Gator Nation needs him more than ever. Best wishes Malik!

  4. I know injuries are part of the game, but it already seems like this year is equaling recent years in an above average # of injuries. Coupled with the seeming lack of push by OL thus far, have to wonder about our SC program yet again. It just seems we are bitten year in and out by a rash of injuries. What’s going on???!!!

      • I agree, self centered young man. I know he came along way to get to this level. But somehow patience and being a team player hasn’t caught on yet. Hopefully he can find a new program that needs his services. I seen Jordon Cronkite is getting some carries at USF.
        So, best of luck Mr. Lemmons …

      • Totally agree. In his defense, the backfield was very crowded so in his interests it was probably best. From what we heard, he didn’t handle it the best, but I think it can be a win win for both sides.. Off the field matters though Mr. Lemmons…so lay off the herbals and hit the playbook at your next stop.

  5. Lemons needs to learn to control his emotions, and to stay off the weed.

    Anyone who curses out the head coach in front of the whole team, especially after a tough loss, where Marco tore his ACL is not a team player.

    Lemons has talent that needs to be refined. He needs to work his ass off and hope another coach will take a chance on him. If he had exercised patience, things would have worked out at Florida.

  6. If the things we read are true about Lemons’ behavior then it’s best he goes in another direction. Best of luck! Regarding Malik, given his torn ACL a year ago and now a broken foot, I think a year of rest and growth would be in order. Red shirt him! Go Gators!