Florida Gators: Kicker Caleb Sturgis Purportedly Out This Week Against Alabama

James WalkerAnalyst IIOctober 1, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 10:  Caleb Sturgis #19 of the Florida Gators against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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According to Adam Silverstein of Only Gators Get Out Alive, Florida Gators Kicker Caleb Sturgis will miss this week's game in Tuscaloosa against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

If true, this could be a huge loss for the Florida Gators.

Sturgis, a junior out of St. Augustine, Fla., has hit two of four field goals and has seen action in all four games this season.  Chas Henry, the team's Punter, will handle kickoffs while Sturgis' back-up, freshman Brad Phillips out of Gainesville/Buchholz, could handle field goal and extra point opportunities. 

Henry also handled field goal and extra point opportunities in high school once hitting a 52-yard field goal.

Sturgis, suffering from a stress fracture in his back, may miss up to two months this season.  He's missed a 44-yard field goal and an extra point attempt in the first game against Miami of Ohio, a 39-yard field goal attempt against South Florida, and had an extra point attempt blocked last week against Kentucky.

Perhaps the back injury is responsible for Sturgis' mediocre play this season.

If this week's game against Alabama turns into a defensive battle and a low-scoring affair, the kicking game may be paramount.  The loss of Sturgis may be a game breaker for the Gators.

Alabama is a eight point favorite.