Florida Football: Gators LB Antonio Morrison out for Season

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIINovember 11, 2013

Nov 2, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison (3) defends Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) during the second half of the game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Another week has passed, and another Florida Gator is out for the season.

The nightmarish year continues for the Gators, as Chris Harry of GatorZone.com reports that linebacker Antonio Morrison is out for the season with a torn meniscus. 

The loss of Morrison makes 10 players and seven starters to suffer season-ending injuries for the Gators, as noted by Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel

After UF lost player No. 9, offensive tackle Tyler Moore, to a season-ending broken elbow last week, Andy Hutchens of AlligatorArmy.com compiled an ever-growing list of Gator injuries:

Florida Gators Out for the Season
Andre DeboseWRTorn ACL
Matt RolinOLBTorn ACL
Chaz GreenRTTorn labrum
Nick WashingtonCBShoulder
Jeff DriskelQBBroken fibula
Dominique EasleyDTTorn ACL, menisucs
Matt JonesRBTorn meniscus
Jeremi PowellLBTorn ACL
Tyler MooreOTBroken elbow
Antonio MorrisonLBTorn meniscus
Andy Hutchens, AlligatorArmy.com

Morrison joined the Gators as an early enrollee out of the class of 2012. He was rated by 247Sports as a composite 4-star, choosing UF over nearly two-dozen offers from Oregon, Alabama, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State and others. 

Now a sophomore, Morrison played in 13 games and started four as a freshman, tallying 34 tackles, two tackles for a loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a hurry to earn freshman All-SEC honors.

This season, he has been Florida's most productive linebacker. The Bolingbrook, Ill., native leads UF with 56 tackles, including one for a loss, and two hurries.

It isn't clear who will fill in for Morrison in the middle of the Florida defense. Morrison had been holding down the "Mike" middle linebacker position next to "Will" starter Michael Taylor. 

In UF's most recent depth chart, Taylor was listed as Morrison's co-starter, with redshirt junior Neiron Ball slated as Taylor's co-starter at Will. It appears as though Ball and Taylor will be in the starting lineup, marking a major hit to the depth at middle linebacker.

Taylor is just behind Morrison with 53 tackles on the year, while Ball has amassed just 14.

All the injuries have left the Gators on the brink of breaking their 22-year bowl streak. UF fell to Vanderbilt over the weekend, dropping it to 4-5 on the year. With two daunting tests against South Carolina and Florida State remaining, a 5-7 finish is looking likely. 

The Gators will head on the road this week to take on the No. 10 Gamecocks.