Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts will miss Saturday’s game against the Arkansas Razorbacks after suffering a concussion against Georgia, Florida head coach Dan Mullen told SEC Nation Saturday morning.
“He’ll be out today, and will probably be out again next week,” said Mullen, who also said the injury Pitts sustained after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Georgia safety Lewis Cine was “more complicated” than Florida initially anticipated.
Pitts leads all Gators in receiving yards with 414 and receiving touchdowns with eight, and is just two scores shy of the national lead in the latter category. And there’s reason to worry about Florida’s offense without him, as the Gators did not score a touchdown in the second half of their 44-28 win over Georgia, sputtering repeatedly in Bulldogs territory without having Pitts available as a target.
But Florida also got fine contributions from tight ends Kemore Gamble and Keon Zipperer last week, and the defense Arkansas will bring to bear in Gainesville is nowhere near as talented on paper as the one the Gators just vivisected in Jacksonville. While not having arguably the the best tight end in the sport available will obviously affect Florida in some way, the Gators will probably be able to survive against a 3-3 Razorbacks team.