Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Gators lose LB Alex Anzalone for the spring
By Edward Aschoff
Florida freshman linebacker Alex Anzalone will miss the rest of the spring because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder, coach Will Muschamp announced Tuesday.
Anzalone suffered the injury during a tackling drill and underwent surgery on Monday.
"It’s a freak deal," Muschamp said. "It was in a tackling drill. He just got hit on it the wrong way. Disappointed for him but he’s going to be a really good player, so we’re going to be fine."
Muschamp said he expects the early enrollee to be back and ready for fall camp. Still, this is a blow to the Gators' linebacker depth, as far as spring ball is concerned. He was one of three early enrollees at the position and now that he's out, Daniel McMillian is the healthy one left of the three. Matt Rolin is still recovering from ACL surgery.
Anzalone, who was an ESPN 150 member in the 2013 recruiting class, entered camp as a backup to Antonio Morrison, who moved to middle linebacker this spring. With Anzalone temporarily out of the picture, the Gators could have to move some guys around this spring. Michael Taylor could be one of those guys, considering he moved from middle linebacker to the weakside spot, where he's listed as a starter.
Florida could also move Darrin Kitchens and Neiron Ball around, so, for now, there shouldn't be too much worry on the part of the coaching staff, but that could change if Anzalone isn't 100 percent this fall.