Gators to be without several key players for spring practice
Florida RB Matt Jones is among the players who are scheduled to miss the Gators' spring football practices due to injury.
Jones, a Tampa Armwood alum, suffered an MCL in his knee in October and missed the remainder of the season. He underwent a second surgery in January to repair damage to the knee, ending any chance to particpate in spring drills. He is expected to be cleared to play in May.
"Matt Jones is progressing very well," Flolrida coach Will Muschamp said Tuesday. "He will be cleared for everything May 1. He will not go through spring. He will not go through non-contact. He will rehab there in the pit during practice, but extremely pleased with his progress and where he is."
DL Leon Orr, a New Port Richey Gulf alum, will also miss all of spring practice with a fractured wrist he suffered near the end of the season.
"It was a situation at the end of the season, he had about a month to go in the year and we felt like it would rehab itself," Muschamp said. "Going back and looking at it the first of February, we got a second opinion of whether to have surgery. He'll miss spring and be cleared May 1 for everything but he would probably have been limited reps anyway with as many young guys as we need up front go help reps."
WR/KR Andre Debose, who suffered a season-ending ACL in fall practice last August, is expected to be cleared March 28 and will be non-contact in spring drills. Freshman OL Nolan Kelleher arrived with a back injury and has not been cleared to play, while TE Colin Thompson is also out.
"Colin Thomson has not been cleared because of foot issues," Muschamp said. "The last opinion we got is that he needed to shut it down completely, and we'll have another opinion when spring is over, but he will not partake in spring."
Florida will open spring practice on Wednesday, March 19.