Janoris Jenkins among four Gators to miss Outback
The Gators announced today starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins (right shoulder), offensive lineman Maurice Hurt (right knee) and defensive tackles Lawrence Marsh (right hip) and Terron Sanders (right shoulder) will miss Saturday's Outback Bowl after undergoing surgery recently.
The announcement essentially could signal the end of the collegiate careers of all four; Jenkins is expected to skip his senior season to enter the NFL Draft, and the other three are seniors. Only Sanders is even in town this week.
As for the career of quarterback John Brantley, it's still uncertain. Speaking to reporters after the Gators' 2 1/2-hour workout at the University of Tampa, Brantley said he still hasn't decided where he'll spend his final college season.
His options, however, appear limited. A new rule passed by FCS (formerly Division I-AA) schools requires players to have two years of eligibility remaining to transfer. Brantley, who has only one, could choose to remain at Florida and try his luck with incoming coach Will Muschamp.
At his introductory press conference, Muschamp said he'll switch to a pro-style offense that would seem far better suited for a pocket passer such as Brantley.
"I haven't really discussed it with my parents yet," said Brantley, adding he had no definitive timetable for his decision. "I'm just really concentrating on playing this bowl game and playing the best against Penn State as I can."