It was no surprise that Florida would be without their star defenders, Jonothan Greenard and Jabari Zuniga for the matchup against South Carolina. But the Gators’ found a way to overcome adversity that led to a 38-27 victory over Will Muschamp’s Gamecocks.
Without Greenard and Zuniga, Florida’s defense still managed to sack quarterback Ryan Hilinski three times, and totaling for seven tackles for a loss. But it was quite obvious that the Gators’ defense was missing the duo out on the field.
Florida’s defense gave up 170 yards through the air and 175 yards rushing by South Carolina’s Tavien Feaster.
Head coach Dan Mullen believes that Greenard and Zuniga will be fully recovered by the time they travel to play Georgia in Jacksonville in two weeks.
“I’m extremely optimistic (they’ll return), you know, it’s been, how many weeks now? So, by medical standards and timing, I’m very optimistic that they’ll be good to go,” Mullen said. “I’m optimistic, honestly, that they’ll be good to go for next Monday’s practice. Game week, Tuesday at least the absolute latest, a practice for Georgia.”
The Gators’ felt some relief after the game because it appeared that their might have been some more names added to the injury list. Five other Gators’ went down with injuries throughout the game, one which was Jacob Copeland who took a strike to the jaw during the second half. Copeland would return to the game shortly after, but he was very fortunate that it wasn’t any worse. Copeland tweeted after the game on his twitter account about the hit.
“Bihh almost broke my jaw.” – Jacob Copeland
Florida defensive lineman, Marlon Dunlap was caught banging his fist against the ground after getting injured during the fourth quarter, Jeremiah Moon left the game but returned after, and Trevon Grimes was shaken up during an onside kick by South Carolina late in the game.
The Gators’ have played some physical games over the past few weeks and they will finally get some rest as they enter their bye week before they play 10th ranked Georgia.