Devin Moore, a talented freshman cornerback, will be sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing a shoulder treatment on Wednesday to address a problem that has plagued him all season long. Florida will have to wait until the spring to get another look at Moore.
Billy Napier, the head coach of Florida, said on Wednesday night that Moore had played through the injury and that the surgery was a success.
The rookie defensive back made an immediate impact against then-No. 7 Utah, making his college debut in the secondary rotation for the Gators.
He continued to play in all four of Florida’s subsequent games, doing admirably considering his youth and inexperience.
At the outset of the season, Moore was referred to by starting cornerback Jason Marshall as “the young guy.” He was flung into the fire.
He played in five games this season, but a late-week injury as Florida prepared to play Missouri kept him off the field and prevented him from redshirting this year.
Moore has been replaced as Florida’s backup cornerback by Avery Helm and Jalen Kimber.
The team’s primary backup is junior Jaydon Hill, who took Helm’s spot on Florida’s depth chart. Kimber, who has one interception this year, is also available, though he has seen very little action recently due to a hand injury that he chose to play through.
Moore’s absences remain a logically significant loss.
Marshall was asked what makes Moore special, and he said, “His ball abilities.” “His height. As I previously stated, Coach (Corey) Raymond instills in everyone’s minds the importance of understanding the game, reading your keys, and knowing where your eyes are. I believe that he has benefited much from things like that.
Florida Napier has stated on numerous occasions that his secondary needs to improve, and it appeared to do so against No. 1 Georgia when it held the Bulldogs to just 54 passing yards after halftime. Florida’s secondary has been erratic this season.
To demonstrate its development, the unit will need to play well in the future.
Prior to Florida’s victory over Eastern Washington, Napier remarked, “I think that secondary, in particular, is a position, much like our entire team, where we play great at times but we’re a little bit inconsistent at times.” “As they pursue the ball, sometimes the magnifying lens is focused on specific plays or circumstances, but I believe that they are similar to every position on our team. They excel in a variety of things, but we want them to be more consistent.”
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