Florida Gators limited by injuries heading into SEC play
When the Florida Gators face the Ole Miss Rebels in their SEC opener January 8, they'll be short at least one player.
Sophomore Erik Murphy has been officially ruled out of Saturday's game due to a sprained ankle he suffered during practice last weekend.
Another Florida player who might not see the court during tomorrow's game is freshman Will Yeguete, who just returned to practice after taking a knee to his midsection against Rhode Island.
Injured Gators that will suit up against the Rebels for the conference opener include seniors Chandler Parsons (ankle) and Vernon Macklin (pectoral muscle) and junior Erving Walker (hip pointer).
While Parsons, Macklin, and Walker will all still be in the lineup, they will be limited by their injuries and as a result, their production will likely dwindle, which is something Florida can't afford.
The aforementioned three have combined for 35.3 points (more than half of the Gators' offensive production) and 15.7 rebounds per game.
Freshmen Patric Young, Scottie Wilbekin, and Casey Prather (combined 7.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game) will need to step up and help spell the injured veterans more than usual.
After the Gators play the Rebels Satuday, they'll hit the road to play the Tennessee Volunteers January 11 and then return home to face the South Carolina Gamecocks next weekend.