"Left Guard Brett Heggie Carted"
Randy Shannon, Florida’s interim coach, confirmed offensive left guard Brett Heggie will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury during Florida’s blowout loss to Missouri on Saturday. Shannon said, “Brett Heggie will be done for the year.” So sad! This came weeks after losing standout running back Malik Davis to a similar injury to see him completely out for the rest of the season as well. The Gator’s redshirt freshman, Heggie, suffered the injury in the first quarter of the match on the fateful Saturday. His knee distorted when blocking during the play. He lay on the turf before he was taken away for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Brett Heggie’s Profile
"Brett Heggie’s Profile"
Brett has done quite well this season. He was awarded SEC’s Offensive Lineman for the week sometime before now. As a redshirt freshman, Brett has been a regular for the Gators starting seven of the eight games he played in as a left guard this season. He once came off the bench to put in an outstanding performance to earn SEC’s offensive lineman of the week. Brett has placed himself in a good position in Gators' line-up as a consistent starter. For his replacement, Shannon is counting on the experience and versatility of a junior; Tyler Jordan as a suitable replacement.
Who Else Is Injured?
"Who Else Is Injured?"
Brett’s injury makes the 12th count for the number of injured players for the Gators. Starting defensive end, Jachai Polite and receiver Kadarius Toney are also out due to injury. The list goes on in the camp of the Gators. Here are others who are sidelined by some form of injury or another.
- Quarterbacks: Luke Rio suffered a collarbone injury, Kyler Trash has foot injury
- Safeties: Nick Washington- shoulder, Quincy Lenton- knee, Marcell Harris-Achilles tendon
- Defensive end: Jordan Sherit-Hip
- Running back: Malik Davis- knee
- Wide receiver: James Robinson- heart
- Linebackers: Kyler Johnson- hamstring, Nick Smith-knee
- Special teams supporter: Garrett Stephen
Injuries are inevitable in a competitive game. Every coach knows that. What makes the difference is having a suitable standby ready to occupy any position that is open and needing attention.
That is what makes a team that is ready to win titles for everyone connected to the team, especially the fans. Could Florida’s woes this season also be as a result of this?