Starters Jon Bullard, Alex McCalister lead long Florida Gators injury list for Florida State

By Adam Silverstein
November 23, 2015

If you believe most of the names on head coach Jim McElwain‘s injury list will not play against Florida State on Saturday, the Florida Gators are in serious trouble.

McElwain announced Monday that starting Rush defensive end redshirt junior Alex McCalister (foot) and his backup, redshirt sophomore Jordan Sherit, will both miss the game … but he did not stop there.

Starting senior defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard is “probably out” with a knee injury despite suffering it early against Florida Atlantic and returning to play the remainder of the game.

Redshirt freshman DT Taven Bryan (foot) is doubtful to play, and if that was not enough, fellow reserve junior DT Joey Ivie (leg) is listed as between questionable and doubtful for the game.

No, Florida’s defense is not the only side of the ball dealing with injuries.

Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Powell (foot), sophomore offensive tackle David Sharpe (Foot), freshman OT Martez Ivey (shoulder) and redshirt sophomore lineman Cam Dillard (leg) are all injured and questionable to play.

The only good news for the Gators is that senior linebacker Antonio Morrison (abdomen) and redshirt sophomore DT Caleb Brantley (groin, abdomen) are both expected to suit up against the Seminoles.

All in all, Florida could be without multiple starters on its defensive line going into a game against a Florida State rushing attack that has been tremendously successful with Dalvin Cook at the helm. Cook has rushed for 100+ yards seven times this season, topping 156 yards in five contests. He’s also registered 17 total touchdowns with six multi-score games.


  1. Sjkoepp says:

    Mac tends to say guys are out/questionable but they end up playing on Saturdays. That said, if all these guys end up being out, we are SO so so screwed.

  2. SW FL Joe says:

    If resting them will get them back for the SEC Championship game, then rest them.

  3. 1974Gator says:

    What do you think, Adam? Is Mac trying to get some kind of psychological edge? Do you think many of these injuries disappear just before game time?

  4. ??? says:

    Rest them if you need to. Get them healthy for the SEC Championship game!

  5. g8ter27 says:

    If rest is an option then it depends on what the goal is. If it is to win the SEC rest them. If it is to get to the playoff, they have to play (again assuming that is an option).

  6. harrishon435 says:

    I guess none of you have yet learned that anything McElwain says about injuries is total B.S. He doesn’t even know which leg of a player is injured, yet some of you are gullible enough to believe this latest dose of crap he handed out? He told a reporter that Bullard was “out” for the South Carolina game just prior to kickoff, yet Bullard played the whole game. The Gators are in serious trouble on Saturday, but it’s not because of injuries. It’s because they have to play a great team for a change. This isn’t Vandy or FAU, the last two hapless teams that UF barely beat the last two games in the Swamp. This is big, bad FSU with Dalvin Cook, Jalen Ramsey, and a host of other “glass eaters and fire breathers.” It is a rivalry game, so anything can happen, but UF would be in serious trouble with everyone healthy. Anyone who is not blind has seen that UF is horrible on offense, and the only thing that has saved UF has been the overwhelming mediocrity of the SEC East. The teams in the East, as seen by their performances against Georgia Southern, The Citadel, and FAU, this past week are all bad teams. That’s the reason UF is going to Atlanta this year, not because UF is a great team. They are just the least mediocre team in a division filled with bad teams. The thing to worry about is that the list of blue chippers coming to Gainesville will be treated to a game where FSU dominates, and turn the day into an FSU recruiting bonanza.

    • GatorGrad98 says:

      WOW… Don’t you FSU people have your own website? Seriously, go away!

      • Michael Jones says:

        FSU can’t help it. They could win 20 National Championships in a row and they would continue to have an inferiority complex where we are concerned. That’s why they are so obsessed with us. It’s kind of sad, really.

    • 1974Gator says:

      Found an FSU troll. This is the same team that beat Ole Miss, the Vols and the Dogs. We play as well as we have to. It’s your turn to get your ass kicked for the third time this year.

    • SW FL Joe says:

      I think the definition of bad team is Ga Tech but then Gators didnt lose to them now did they

    • erng 'n blu says:

      Look what we have here. The nole troll that vanished from here when they got their pants pulled down and were spanked by GT has popped his ugly head out of his hole under a new handle. I think you meant to say “stolen crab leg eaters and women beaters.”

  7. Mike The Red says:

    Have the wheels finally come off the bus?

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