Florida Gators freshman running back Malik Davis will reportedly miss the rest of the 2017 season with a knee injury, per Graham Hall of The Gainesville Sun.
#Gators RB Malik Davis expected to miss the rest of the season with knee injury, according to multiple sources— Graham Hall (@GrahamHall_) October 29, 2017
Davis left Saturday’s game against Georgia after getting 20 yards on four carries with an apparent right knee injury. Florida’s official site confirmed after the game that Davis was on crutches and “hobbled” to the team bus.
Davis is a true freshman and Florida’s leading rusher in 2017, having tallied 526 yards and two touchdowns on 79 carries through seven games to date. His quickness and vision have helped him lead Florida’s running game since Gators coaches increased his role after a cameo against Michigan, and his streak of five consecutive games with 90 or more yards rushing put him in rarefied air.
Without Davis, Florida will likely turn to sophomore Lamical Perine as its starting running back. Perine has notched 365 yards on exactly as many carries as Davis has gotten this fall, but has six touchdowns, and had arguably his best game as a Gator against Georgia, toting 16 times for 93 yards, his season high in yardage. Redshirt senior Mark Thompson will also likely receive a larger share of the workload.