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Florida safety Marcus Maye out for year with broken arm

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The Gators lose another elite defender.

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida safety Marcus Maye will miss the remainder of his senior season with the Gators after suffering a break in his left arm against South Carolina.

Florida coach Jim McElwain confirmed that Maye “broke something in his arm” against the Gamecocks, and will “obviously” be out for the rest of the year, in his post-game press conference on Saturday.

Maye appeared to land on his left arm as he was attempting to make a tackle in the first half. He left the game and had to be carted to Florida’s locker room, then watched the second half in street clothes on the sideline, with his left arm in a sling.

Maye passed up the 2015 NFL Draft and returned to Florida for his senior season, a decision that had largely paid off. He entered Saturday’s game as Florida’s third-leading tackler in 2016, his 49 stops behind only the tallies of injured linebackers Alex Anzalone and Jarrad Davis, and was regarded as one of college football’s finest coverage safeties, routinely grading out well per Pro Football Focus.

If Davis cannot return for Florida’s game against LSU, as McElwain indicated was likely on Saturday, the Gators will be without their only players with more than 50 tackles on the season when they line up against Leonard Fournette.