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The long list of Florida's injuries continues to get longer by the week.
Seven Gators, including five starters, have been lost for the season, including the likes of Matt Jones and Dominique Easley. In the span of eight weeks, Florida has lost its entire backfield, with both Jones and Jeff Driskel lost to injury.
Not coincidentally, production at such positions has been minimal with exception of the play from Tyler Murphy.
As Andy Hutchins of Alligator Army notes, players subbing in at key positions, including running back and defensive tackle, have failed to make a substantial impact.
Tyler Murphy's good play has improbably made Driskel's loss the least painful of the bunch so far, but Easley has been sorely missed, and was especially sorely missed against LSU. And Jones's absence may force a revamp of Florida's offensive approach, given that his talents as an all-around back were singular on Florida's roster.
In the last two games, Florida's yards per carry (2.34) has dipped well below its 2013 season average (3.70), and the Gators have failed to produce a 100-yard rusher since Jones eclipsed the century mark versus Kentucky on Sept. 28.
Defensively, Florida has played without Ronald Powell, Damien Jacobs, Marcus Roberson and Dominique Easley. In Saturday's loss, safety Cody Riggs was ejected for a targeting penalty on the first drive of the game.
On Saturday, Missouri torched Florida's defense, throwing for 295 yards and tacking on 205 rushing yards.