Florida will reportedly be down multiple defenders for the Cotton Bowl
We already knew the Gators were going to be missing several key players on offense heading into the Cotton Bowl after opt-outs from All-American tight end Kyle Pitts, All-SEC receiver Kadarius Toney in addition to receiver Trevon Grimes and defensive back Marco Wilson, but apparently things are going to be worse than that for Dan Mullen’s team.
The Florida coach recently indicated the Gators would be down to about 60 scholarship players when they face off against Oklahoma in the upcoming Cotton Bowl and now we have some clarity as to which additional players will be missing for the Gators during Wednesday night’s game.
Yahoo’s Pete Thamel is reporting that linebacker Ventrell Miller and defensive lineman Kyree Campbell are not expected to play in the Cotton Bowl.
“Sources: Florida’s defense will be significantly shorthanded tonight against Oklahoma because of injuries and opt outs. Among those expected to miss the game are linebacker Ventrell Miller, the Gators’ leading tackler, and DL starter Kyree Campbell,” Thamel shared leading up to the game.
Miller registered a team-leading 86 tackles this season for Todd Grantham’s defense, along with 3.5 sacks — which ranks second on the team. Campbell had 24 tackles and 1.5 sacks this fall for the Gators.
After opening as a three-point favorite in the matchup, Florida is now a touchdown underdog to Oklahoma.