During the second scrimmage, the Florida Gators suffered a second injury resulting in a player missing the upcoming 2023 season. This time it was Cam Carroll, a transfer from Tulane, who suffered a significant knee injury and was carted off the field during Friday’s scrimmage. The news of another injury hit the team hard, but head Coach Billy Napier was quick to offer words of encouragement. “It just kind of hits you right in the gut, but Cam will respond,” he said on Saturday. “He will get the full support of our team and organization, and he will be back.”
Redshirt senior Carroll transferred to Florida in the spring, knowing that the Gators have a great running back duo of Montrell Johnson and Trevor Etienne leading the way. Despite the competition, he was eager to join the team and contribute to their success. “I just took it as another opportunity to be in a room with great backs, learn from them, and most importantly, be a part of something great.”
With Carroll out, the team will look to freshman Treyaun Webb and Coahoma Community College transfer Ja’Kobi Jackson to step up and fill the void.
Carroll brought plenty of experience from Tulane, where he amassed 1,638 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns on 312 carries. He would have been an asset in the passing game and in short-yardage situations. His best season came in 2020 where he rushed for 741 yards on 122 carries with 12 touchdowns. Losing Caroll is undoubtedly a setback for the Gators, but one that can be overcome as long as Johnson and Etienne stay healthy.
Carroll is the second player this fall camp to go down for the season after Justus Boone injured himself in a non-contact leg injury.
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