The Florida Gators are looking to compete in the SEC and get back to the conference title game for the second year in a row. However, their offensive line likely took a big hit on Wednesday when redshirt junior guard Antonio Riles went down with what could be a major knee injury.
Nick De La Torre of Gator Country reported that Riles suffered an apparent leg injury during the team’s first full pads practice on Monday. Head coach Jim McElwain doesn’t seem to know the severity of the injury.
“Antonio Riles went down today with a leg,” McElwain said following the practice Monday night. “I have no idea how serious it is.”
It was later confirmed that Riles suffered a torn ACL and will likely be out for the season.
Have confirmed that Florida offensive guard Antonio Riles has a torn ACL and likely will miss the 2016 season.
— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) August 10, 2016
Riles was looking to be a big part of the Gators’ offensive line, which are wanting to improve from an SEC-worst 45 allowed sacks in 2015. He is currently competing with sophomores Tyler Jordan and Martez Ivey for a starting spot at guard.
The Gators open the 2016 season on Sept. 3 against UMass.