Florida Gators announce offseason surgery for six players, including Martez Ivey, Brandon Powell

By Adam Silverstein
January 6, 2016

The Florida Gators were blessed with top-notch health for much of the season but that deteriorated – as it often does – late in the 2015 campaign with multiple players sitting out both the 2015 SEC Championship Game and 2016 Citrus Bowl.

On Wednesday, Florida announced offseason surgery for six players – and actually provided details as to their injuries – though none appear to be serious enough to put statuses in question for next season.

Leading the pack was freshman offensive lineman Martez Ivey, who underwent shoulder surgery to repair what a source close to the player told OnlyGators.com was a torn labrum. Ivey attempted to practice with the hope of playing in the Citrus Bowl but wound up not seeing the field. He is expected to returning to his starting role in 2016 after starting eight games this season, though he will likely do so at tackle.

Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Powell, billed all offseason as the Gators’ brightest spot on offense, had a modest second half of his second season due in large part to a variety of injuries, including a bothersome foot that has now been operated on.

Junior defensive tackle Joey Ivie (sports hernia), redshirt sophomore Rush defensive end Jordan Sherit (knee), sophomore defensive back Quincy Wilson (sports hernia) and walk-on junior kicker Neil MacInnes (torn ACL) also went under the knife with their respective injuries.

No updates were provided in Florida’s release on junior linebacker Alex Anzalone (shoulder), who missed most of the season despite head coach Jim McElwain holding out hope that he would be able to return.

No updates were provided on junior LB Jarrad Davis (head) or freshman DE CeCe Jefferson (foot), who both got hurt during the Citrus Bowl. McElwain said after the game that Davis “got his eggs scrambled” while Jefferson “blew a wheel.” There was also no additional information on redshirt junior kicker Austin Hardin (foot), who apparently injured himself in warm-ups for the bowl game. OnlyGators.com witnessed Jefferson and Hardin in boots after the game, though either could have been for precautionary reasons.


  1. gatorforever says:

    do the players pay for these surgeries?

  2. Michael Jones says:

    “Legs scrambled” and “blew a wheel?” Thanks, Coach. Very informative, lol.

  3. johnnyappleseed says:

    It should be very apparent by now that it is foolish to pay attention to ANYTHING McElwain says. He is so full of shit, it’s amazing he is able to leave the restroom. Has he ever said anything about an injury that was coherent? He’s also the guy who said he could play his dog at quarterback, yet UF was just as bad on offense as at any time the previous five years. I just wonder if the last three games, where UF had it’s doors blown off, are a real indication of him just being full of hot air. Nussmeier’s offenses have been awful for two years in a row, as well. I just wonder if McElwain is just trying to blow smoke up everyone’s ass. Remember he took a freshman, Brandon Powell, to SEC Media days? Why take someone who hasn’t done anything, and then they are basically absent this season? I won’t believe a word from him until he backs up his words and I’d like to see a more somber reaction to getting your ass kicked the last three games. Vowing to “show up” in Tallahassee next year is really juvenile after being destroyed by FSU.

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