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Another loss: Gators OL Moore out for year after scooter crash

GAINESVILLE — Florida’s injury-depleted team received yet another loss when offensive lineman Tyler Moore suffered a compound fracture to his right elbow Tuesday night in a scooter crash, had surgery on Wednesday, and is out for the season.

Moore had started in place of Chaz Green, who suffered a torn labrum in preseason, then switched from right to left tackle after D.J. Humphries suffered a sprained MCL in practice Monday before the Georgia game. Humphries was forecast at the time to miss 2-4 weeks.

“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,’’ Gators coach Will Muschamp said on the SEC teleconference. “He’s in surgery as we speak.

“So he’ll be out for the season and we’ll know about his prognosis and how long after the surgery, obviously.’’

Max Garcia will move to left tackle from guard with Kyle Koehne and Ian Silberman taking Garcia’s left guard spot. Trip Thurman will back up both tackles. Octavius Jackson is a possibility for some time.

“He’s been repping all year and we’ve kind of prepared for an unfortunate situation,’’ Muschamp said of possibly playing the true freshman with no experience.

Florida (4-4 overall, 3-3 in SEC play) hosts Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4) at noon Saturday on homecoming. The Commodores’ defense ranks 10th in the league in total defense, allowing 389.9 yards a game. Vandy is ninth in the SEC in sacks (1.88 per game). The Gators have played four of the top five teams in the league in sacks per game in the last four games.

“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 had already lost starting quarterback Jeff Driskel (broken leg), starting tailback Matt Jones (knee), starting receiver Andre Debose (knee), standout defensive tackle Dominique Easley (knee) and linebacker Jeremi Powell (knee), a key special teams player.

Freshmen defensive back Nick Washington (shoulder) and linebacker Matt Rolin (knee) also were lost in August, along with Debose and Green.

Trent Brown, who made his first career start last week, will stay at the starting right tackle spot. Koehne has started five games this season.

UF has started five different combinations on its offensive line in its eight games this season. Center Jon Harrison is the only offensive lineman to start every game this season.

The Gators have used three different players at left and right tackle this fall. Florida’s original first-team line missed a total of seven starts in 2012. The Gators started the same combination in the Sugar Bowl that opened the season against Bowling Green.

“I hate it for Tyler, but we’ll move forward,’’ Muschamp said.

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