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Chomping at Bits: Florida linebackers Alex Anzalone, Jarrad Davis, and David Reese out for Outback Bowl

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The Gators will be lacking at linebacker today.

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Jarrad Davis, Alex Anzalone, and David Reese out for Outback Bowl: Anzalone was practicing and it appeared that he may play. Davis also was working on trying to get back on the field, but Jim McElwain announced that neither linebacker was healed enough to play against the Hawkeyes today. Freshman David Reese, who had been playing in Davis’ stead, also is out today, recovering from wrist surgery. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators; Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Vosean Joseph gets chance to step up: The freshman linebacker will assume a larger role for the defense with Anzalone, Davis, and Reese out. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

Florida wants to end the season on a high note: And a bowl win would help do that. Just take a look at the injury reports at the end of the linked piece though. Yikes (and yes it should say Ivey, not Ivory). (Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald)

Florida women’s basketball drops SEC opener to Auburn: Florida committed 26 turnovers that Auburn converted into 28 points. (Florida Gators)

Randy Shannon on coordinating the defense against Iowa: Shannon notes that the Gators will have to be creative while missing so many injured players. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Doug Nussmeier on Florida’s offense: Nussmeier discusses the Gators’ struggle for consistency. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators; Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Gators feel that offense will improve: The players think that Florida is close to putting together a potent attack on that side of the ball. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

On Iowa’s offense: Iowa may also have their struggles on that side of the ball. but one thing that the Hawkeyes don’t do much of? Turn the ball over. (Garry Smits, Florida Times Union)

Five Iowa players for Florida fans to know: Iowa has some running backs and a corner that you should be aware of. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

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