The Florida Gators offensive line suffered an unfortunate injury to one of their starters on Thursday. True Freshman Martez Ivey will undergo arthroscopic leg surgery tomorrow, according to head coach Jim McElwain. The head coach spoke with reporters this afternoon to confirm the news.
Ivey was the top rated offensive lineman in the 2015 class and was expected to start at left tackle for the upcoming season. McElwain did not elaborate on the severity of the injury, but did mention the issue is pre-existing and that Ivey would return sometime this season.
“He’ll be back,” McElwain said. “I don’t know how quickly or anything yet. But it doesn’t appear to be a season-ending thing or anything like that.
During practice this week, McElwain praised Ivey for his performance with the first team offsense.
“You don’t think of him as a freshman, really, the way he’s playing,” McElwain said. “That’s great to see. We kind of thought that when we recruited him.”
Florida will now move sophomore David Sharpe to left tackle while Fordham transfer Mason Halter and freshman Fred Johnson will compete for an opening on the right side of the line.
The gators will open the year against New Mexico State on September 5th.
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