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Injury sidelines Florida Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis for Alabama game

Florida’s Caleb Sturgis, kicking one of his three field goals against Arkansas last season, has a stress fracture in his back and is battling a herniated disc. Punter Chas Henry, holding here, will handle field goals tonight vs. Alabama.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times (2009)

Florida’s Caleb Sturgis, kicking one of his three field goals against Arkansas last season, has a stress fracture in his back and is battling a herniated disc. Punter Chas Henry, holding here, will handle field goals tonight vs. Alabama.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Injured Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis will not play tonight when the No. 7 Gators face No. 1 Alabama, thrusting UF's kicking duties upon a former high school kicker and two freshmen who have never played in a collegiate game.

Sturgis did not make the trip Friday to Alabama and could be out six to eight weeks.

Coach Urban Meyer said Thursday that Sturgis was listed as "probable," and that although the junior has been struggling with a herniated disc, Meyer expected him to be able to play through it.

Sturgis also has a stress fracture in his back, his St. Augustine High coach, Joe Wiles, said Friday night.

Senior punter Chas Henry is expected to take over the kicking duties. A 2009 Ray Guy Award finalist, Henry has been the punter since the 2007 season but is also a former high school kicker at East Paulding in Dallas, Ga. He set a school record with a 52-yard field goal as a high school junior.

Freshman kicker Brad Phillips, a Gainesville Buchholz graduate who has not played in the Gators' first four games, is expected to handle kickoffs. John Crofoot, a redshirt freshman from Windermere who also has not played, will replace Henry as the holder.

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