Tyler Moore undergoes elbow surgery, out for Florida’s season
Florida offensive lineman Tyler Moore will miss the rest of the season after undergoing elbow surgery on Wednesday to correct a compound fracture suffered in a scooter crash a day earlier.
Moore was starting in place of the injured Chaz Green, who had sustained a torn labrum in the preseason. He then moved from right to left tackle after an MCL sprain sidelined D.J. Humphries.
Gators coach Will Muschamp detailed Moore’s scooter incident on Wednesday during an SEC teleconference, according to David Jones of USA Today Sports:
“Unfortunately last night Tyler Moore was riding home on his scooter and he came around a curve there and his back tire came out from underneath him and he had a compound fracture of his elbow. So he’ll be out for the season, and we’ll know about his prognosis and how long after the surgery, obviously.”
Looking ahead, Max Garcia will slide from guard to left tackle and Ian Silberman will take Garcia’s left guard spot. Trip Thurman is expected to back up both tackles.
The line shifts are nothing new for the Gators (4-4 overall, 3-3 in SEC play) this season. In its eight games so far, Florida has started five different combinations on the offensive line; only Jon Harrison has started every game up front. The Gators were already without quarterback Jeff Driskel (broken leg), starting tailback Matt Jones (knee), starting receiver Andre Debose (knee), defensive tackle Dominique Easley (knee) and special teams linebacker Jeremi Powell (knee).
“I’ve always talked about man down, man up and we don’t make excuses … the expectation level here, that doesn’t change,” Muschamp said.
Florida next hosts Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4) at 12 p.m. on Saturday.