Trip Thurman is latest injury for battered Gators offensive line
Injuries continue to take a toll on Florida's offensive line during spring drills, with Trip Thurman being the latest in a string of injured players at that position.
"Trip Thurman has a shoulder (injury)" Florida coach Will Muschamp said today. "It does not look good right now. Mike Mosher is coming in to look at the MRI tonight. We’ll know a little bit more tonight or tomorrow on where he is. Certainly disappointing. Trip has had an outstanding spring, he’s made some progress. Unfortunately, those injuries sometimes happen."
Muschamp said the Gators have been practicing with about six healthy players on the offensive line.
“What’s really hurt us is on the offensive line,'' Muschamp said. "Max Garcia came back (Monday), but he’s battling a back. Our numbers are good as far as scholarships. We’ve got 11 guys on scholarship right now for spring, which is about normal of what you want with the incoming guys coming in to get your numbers to 15, 17, in that range. But (Jon) Halapio is still limited. He has not been cleared for 11-on-11 contact. He has done some individual and done some one-on-one drills, but we don’t want to get him in the fray there as far as the 11-on-11. Chaz Green, Ian and Trip, now being out and JD (Jessamen Dunker) is suspended"
Muschamp said Thurman's diagnosis and how well the other players continue to improve will have a direct impact on the spring game.
"Just tough right now on those guys, and now it’s even harder to get scrimmage snaps because of the lack of numbers at those positions,'' he added. "We’re adjusting as we go as far as this coming Saturday and even with the spring game. It may be more of a practice-like atmosphere for what we’re going to do, which will be good from the standpoint of seeing some of the individual work we’re
trying to do. An opportunity to get better and that’s what we’ve kind of focused on through spring is technique and fundamentals of each position."