The Florida Gators have held two scrimmages, but also suffered two significant injuries. Despite losing DL Justus Boone and RB Cam Carroll for the season, head coach Billy Napier stated that injuries are not a major concern overall.
“Two injuries, one on each side of the ball. Outside of that, I would say it’s your typical training camp relative to player participation and the things you normally deal with.”
When asked about balancing player health and preparation for the upcoming season, Napier acknowledged that injuries are a part of football.
“Football is a physical game. Injuries come with the game,” Napier stated. “We do nothing different than what we’ve done in years past at all the great places that we’ve worked. The place that we were at prior to here. So, it just comes with the territory. Some years you have a fantastic year and you come out of there Scott free but very rarely. I don’t see this much different than in years past.”
While important players like Shemar James, Devin Moore, and Kingsley Eguakun have experienced various bumps and bruises, Napier is optimistic about their availability.
“I think we’ve always had guys that are modified or maybe aren’t able to participate. How is this different than any other training camp in the history of football? I think we feel positive. We feel good about player availability relative to when we turn the page. Some of those guys you mention we anticipate getting back soon.”
The injuries to Boone and Carroll may hurt the potential of the 2023 season for the Gators, but can also be overcome to where it doesn’t affect Florida’s record. The EDGE spot to replace Boone is emerging with young talent while running back is led by the duo or Montrell Johnson and Trevor Etienne. This does mean the Gators need to stay as healthy as possible moving forward at these positions moving forward.