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Tide to miss LB Mosley, but Gators banged up too

Posted on: September 30, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 1:31 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Saturday night's showdown between Alabama and Florida (8 p.m. ET, on CBS) is the biggest one of the season yet, for both national title hopefuls. Unfortunately, neither side will enter it at 100 percent.

Nick Saban confirmed on his radio show Thursday night that starting inside linebacker C.J. Mosley would very likely miss the game in Gainesville with the elbow injury suffered the previous week against Arkansas. Mosley had been described as a "game-time decision" earlier in the week, but apparently the elbow has not progressed as quickly as Saban would have liked.

Saban didn't attempt to downplay the importance of the loss, even with several high-quality candidates -- Jerrell Harris, Nico Johnson and five-star freshman Trey DePriest, already third on the team in tackles -- working together to replace him.

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"C.J. is the perfect kind of guy to have for this kind of game ... because he can run," Saban said. Despite a slow start to the 2011 season statistically, Mosley finished third on the team in tackles in 2010 with 67 stops.

But due to the presence of players like Harris, Johnson, and DePriest, Saban might still take his own defensive injury woes over the Gators'. According to the Gainesville Sun, starting defensive linemen Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd are both battling injuries and could be forced to sit out the game.

The good news for Florida is that neither should be forced to sit. Easley tweaked an ankle injury in Tuesday's practice and is reportedly "probable," while Floyd suffered a shoulder stinger and is likewise expected to play. Both players have practiced throughout the week.

But if ever there was a time a defensive lineman would want to be completely healthy, it's the week Alabama comes to town. It's no secret that the Tide are going to run Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy (himself an injury risk) into the teeth of that Gator line as often as down-and-distance allows. If Easley and Floyd aren't at the top of their game, Florida runs the risk of being flat bulldozed over by halftime--to say nothing of the fourth quarter.

Of course, this is already the tail end of September, when nearly every team has at least one starter out and a few more banged-up. Neither the Gators nor Tide will use their injuries as an excuse in the event of a loss--but neither situation is going to help them pull out the victory Saturday, either.


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:34 pm

Tide to miss LB Mosley, but Gators banged up too

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Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2011 5:31 pm

Tide to miss LB Mosley, but Gators banged up too

poor you, the league that has won the last 5 national titles gets more attention than your lousy teams you follow :(

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:00 am

Tide to miss LB Mosley, but Gators banged up too

Wow.  This could be big.  I mean if FU wins this game they would most likely jump up to... what?... #3 or #4 in the polls?!?!?

Think I'm kidding?

Florida jumped FIVE spots for beating Florida International by 38 (who lost to Michigan State by 44 the following week) and then went up THREE spots for beating a junky Kentucky team that had already lost to Louisville and barely pulled out a win versus Western Kentucky at home. Heck, they even went up TWO spots for beating UAB who is so bad that they lost to Tulane by 39.  

Heck, actually beating a ranked team would shoot them up like 7, 8 or maybe even 9 spots!  Screw it... if they win... they should get to be #1!!!

PS - Don't worry though Gator fans... even if you lose at home - and even if its a blowout by 28 or more - you will NOT drop more than five or six spots.  So goes the national rankings and the SEC.  In other words, no risk and all reward.  Yup, the system works.  

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2011 3:30 am

Tide to miss LB Mosley, but Gators banged up too

The cajuns defense is no better than bama's. WV threw all over them. And No chance? Be serious broseph, Neither offense will do anything and it will be a 4th quarter showdown. With the Tides crowd being a contributor, Bama pulls it out 24-17. Roll Tide and "stay classy"

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:08 pm

Tide to miss LB Mosley, but Gators banged up too

UF's defense looks solid as usual, but the offense is very supsect IMO. UF has played all cupcakes thus far, Brantley has looked good vs high school all star teams. Alabama knows to guard the screen passes to Rainey and Demps... which is the entire UF offense. I think Bama wins by 14+, just one idiots opinion. Either way it's gonna be a fun game to watch.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:53 pm

Tide to miss LB Mosley, but Gators banged up too

This seems just like last yr cbs-espn already having bama penciled in the ncg the great bama was unbeatable untill the tide played there first sec road game .If bama gets the lead they will be ok but if they get behind and has to go to the passing game the tide could be in for a long day either way should be a great SEC game

Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:23 pm

Tide to miss LB Mosley, but Gators banged up too

From what little Ive seen from Bama they seem pretty vanilla and one dimensional on offense..With Trent and their mammoth line they have that luxury..Weis on the other hand runs the ball because nobody can hold outside containment on rainey and demps especially when Brantley throws to them in space..It will be interesting to see if either defense can stop the run!! If  it comes down to a passing game the edge goes to Brantley and Weis..Bama has a decent deep threat with Maze but unlike last year because of the QB change Maze is no threat and badly under used..We all know what bama's front seven can do.. but with Easley;Floyd;Bostic and Jenkins speed Iwould not underestimate the gators front 7 talent

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:11 pm

Tide to miss LB Mosley, but Gators banged up too

i love how nobody gives UF a chance, thats how you win games like this

Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:37 pm

Tide to miss LB Mosley, but Gators banged up too

We'll stay classy, but maybe- just maybe, you'll learn what the "BIG WORD" means and learn to have a little.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 5:01 pm

Tide to miss LB Mosley, but Gators banged up too

Doesnt really matter who Alabama has out because either way they are going to open up a can on the Gay-tors!

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