Posted by Jerry Hinnen
There's good news and bad news for Florida in their young secondary. The good: the neck injury to freshman corner Marcus Roberson, unlike many of the other injuries suffered across the nation and even in other SEC defensive backfields, isn't serious enough to keep Roberson out past the next month-and-a-half.
But even that doesn't make up for the bad news: Will Muschamp has announced that the injury will require at least four-to-six weeks of rehabilitation and will end Roberson's freshman season, the Gators' likely bowl game included. Roberson has started all 10 games in his first season at Gainesville, making one interception and one pass break-up.
Roberson also made headlines of the wrong kind when his September arrest on underage possession of alcohol charges was made public last month.
On the positive side of things, Muschamp said the injury should not force Roberson to miss any of the Gators' spring practice. Muschamp expects to fill the hole in the lineup with a combination of sophomores Cody Riggs and Jaylen Watkins. Riggs and Watkins have combined to start 12 games so far this season, so at least Muschamp won't have to rely on players totally devoid of experience.
And here's more good news: with the Gators taking on Furman this week, it won't matter a lick who's available at corrner. But for Muschamp's team to finish the year off on a positive note against Florida State and the Gators' bowl opponent (Ohio State, per Jerry Palm), Riggs and Watkins will have to make sure the step down from Roberson isn't a steep one--if there's one at all.