By Football Italian staff A lot of Florida players are going to have to get up and get on the field again this weekend after suffering with concussion symptoms.
The Gators will play their home opener against Florida State on Saturday night at noon ET, but as the team has said all week, they will not be ready for the season opener.
Coach Will Muschamp is confident he will have a full lineup ready for Saturday’s game, but he’s not 100% sure he has enough players in for the matchup.
“We are going into our bye week, so we will probably be limited in what we can do,” Muschamps said after practice on Friday.
“We will definitely have our team ready for that.
There are going a lot of different things we have to look at to get them ready.”
The Gators will be without All-American defensive end Dion Jordan, who is also dealing with concussion issues.
Jordan is not expected to play again until Saturday.
The Gators have already lost senior wide receiver Mike Davis, who was arrested in August after an altercation with a man outside a local bar.
Muschocks said he expects the loss of Davis will have an impact on the offense.
“When I look at Mike Davis coming back, the way I look about it, it’s going to be a huge adjustment,” Musichamps said.
“He’s going get a little bit tired and a little little bit more frustrated and a lot more frustrated.
He’ll have to be able to play a little more.”
Muschamps has been in a good relationship with his coaching staff.
His players have played well since the bye week and he’s hoping that the injuries will not impact their preparation for the upcoming season.
“I’m just trying to get our guys up to speed, getting our practices under control, and getting our game plan in place so we can start the season on a positive note,” Musashamp said.
“That’s the first thing.
We have to do that, but we also have to prepare our players to play the way we know they can.”