Friday, January 18, 2013
Gators make roster moves, update injuries
By Michael DiRocco
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp announced the following during today's afternoon news conference:
The Gators have cleared additional space on the roster with the impending spring graduations of DE Kedric Johnson and WR Stephen Alli and a potential medical exemption for OL Tommy Jordan.
Muschamp said Alli is going to attend graduate school and could remain with the program in the operations or with the strength program. Muschamp said Johnson, a redshirt junior with one season of eligibility remaining, might transfer to another school and try to play another season under the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule.
Jordan, who would have been a redshirt sophomore in 2013, has chronic shoulder problems. He would remain on scholarship but would not be eligible to play at Florida if his hardship is granted, as expected.
Those three moves leave the Gators able to sign 33 players next month. Eight players already have enrolled and would count toward last season.
In addition, four players had minor surgeries this month: OL Jon Halapio (knee), OL Chaz Green (ankle), LB Neiron Ball (ankle) and P Kyle Christy (shoulder).
"All those guys will be able to take part in spring [practice]," Muschamp said. "I just don’t know how much at this point."
Muschamp also said WR Solomon Patton is progressing well in his recovery from a broken arm. He said he didn’t believe Patton would be cleared for contact in the spring.