Florida starting middle linebacker Antonio Morrison suffered a torn meniscus in his knee and will be out for the remainder of the 2013 season, Will Muschamp announced Monday.
Muschamp said that Morrison's torn meniscus was the "same thing Matt Jones did," referrring to Florida's starting running back, who tore his meniscus early in the first half of Florida's loss to LSU, and was declared out for the season on the Monday after that game.
Morrison's injury will shift Michael Taylor to the starting spot at Mike linebacker, and bring freshman Jarrad Davis into the starting lineup at Will linebacker, Muschamp said.
Morrison was seen as something of a disappointment in 2013, with numerous missed tackles and a blown coverage against Georgia sticking in Florida fans' minds better than any positive plays — like his memorable hit and forced fumble on Florida State's EJ Manuel from the Gators' 2012 win over the Seminoles. But Morrison leads Florida in tackles, with 59, and unassisted tackles, with 27, through nine games, despite playing in only eight. (He missed the Gators' opener against Toledo as a result of a suspension for two summer arrests, one later dropped.)
Morrison becomes the seventh Gators starter on offense or defense to suffer a season-ending injury in 2013, and the 10th Gator to suffer a season-ending injury.
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