Posted: 12:21 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
By Andy Hutchins
Florida's offensive line has been one of its healthiest units since its black-and-blue 2013 season kicked off, at least in terms of avoiding injuries during the year that have forced players to miss games. This is no longer true, thanks to the latest injury: Will Muschamp told reporters on Wednesday that starting left tackle D.J. Humphrieswill miss two to four weeks with a strained MCL.
Humphries is just a true sophomore, but he's Florida's most experienced offensive tackle, and has started every game this season. His injury means that Florida will likely be starting new players at both left and right tackles on Saturday against Georgia: Max Garcia is likely to start at left tackle, while it sure sounds like Trenton Brownwill be replacing Tyler Moore at right tackle. With Garcia moving from his starting spot at left guard to left tackle, Florida might also shift Moore inside, or use versatile backup Kyle Koehne in Garcia's stead.
In any case, one of the last things Florida needed this week was another injury on a unit that has been underwhelming even with fairly good health. And while Humphries hasn't quite lived up to his hype after coming in as a five-star prospect and seeing action in every game in 2013, he was certainly better at left tackle than any other Florida player in the fall practices I saw, and Florida turning to a transfer who has worked inside all year and a JUCO player who has been thoroughly unimpressive so far is worrisome.