As the 2015 college football season is beginning to close in, the Florida Gators are getting prepared for their opening game on September 5th against the New Mexico State Aggies. Antonio Morrison was a huge piece of the Gators’ defense last season, but he has missed quite a bit of time this offseason with an injury. According to a report from Mark Long, the Gators’ linebacker underwent two operations on his knee which forced the missed time.
McElwain says LB Antonio Morrison had two operation on knee. First time Gators have offered any details on Morrison’s injury
— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) August 5, 2015
During the 2014 season with the Gators, Morrison ended up recording 101 tackles, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble. He is an excellent leader, and will be counted on to fill a huge role once again this year.
Hopefully he will be able to start the season off at full strength and in top shape after missing some time. Florida doesn’t seem to be too terribly concerned about him, and the belief seems to be that he will come back to start the season strong. He is definitely looking to put up a big season as well, as he is trying to prove his NFL potential in his final college season.
At 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, Morrison has developed a reputation for being a sure tackler and leader. He is the type of player that every defense needs to have on the field, and the Gators will need him now more than ever as they start a new era of football.
It will be interesting to see what type of a season he has in 2015, and whether or not he’s able to build off of the major success that he had last year. Offseason surgeries are never a good thing, especially on a knee, but it isn’t always bothersome when the season gets going. Morrison is ready to get back on the field and help lead the Gators back to contention in 2015.
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