The concerns for Florida's offense continue with Week 1 less than a week away. As injuries continue to pile up, offensive lineman Chaz Green is the latest player to be ruled out for the season, as OnlyGators.com broke the news:
Florida #Gators RT Chaz Green (labrum) is out for the season, Will Muschamp says. Will have labrum surgery on Wednesday.— OnlyGators.com (@onlygators) August 26, 2013
The offensive line was the only area of the offense that didn't have questions. This is no longer the case with Green out for the year and right guard Jon Halapio expected to miss at least two games with a torn pectoral.
Green started 10 games at right tackle last season and has 18 starts in his career. He was graded out 80 percent or higher in the final four games of the regular season and was named to the 2011 SEC All-Freshman team.
Can Florida's offense improve with all of these injuries?
He was expected to remain the starter, but that job will likely be given to Tyler Moore. A 2011 transfer from Nebraska, Moore left the Cornhuskers for personal reasons and is eligible to play this season after spending a year at St. Petersburg College. He started four games as a true-freshman for Nebraska.
Even though there is depth along the offensive front, it's never good to lose a veteran lineman. Florida's line helped pave the way for the third best rushing attack in the SEC (187 yards) and gave quarterback Jeff Driskel plenty of time in the pocket.
Green joins wide receiver Andre Debose as Florida players who are out for the season, as the senior suffered a knee injury in early August.
These injuries aren't going to help a Gators offense that ranked 12th in the SEC and a passing attack that ranked 118th in the country.
Florida must quickly fix these concerns with a trip scheduled to Miami in Week 2.