Florida excludes 5 WRs, including Shorter, Henderson, for FSU


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida will likely be with out 5 receivers, together with Anthony Richardson’s two prime targets, when the Gators play No. 16 Florida State on Friday night time.

Coach Billy Napier dominated out huge receiver Xzavier Henderson and huge receiver Justin Shorter together with backups Ja’Quavion Fraziars, Marcus Burke and Thai Chiaokhiao-Bowman on Wednesday.

Ricky Pearsall is listed as questionable, however Napier is hoping the Arizona State switch will likely be cleared to play.

“We have been on this scenario previously,” Napier mentioned. “There have been components of our crew each week throughout the season the place we had a handful of fellows injured.

“It is an ideal alternative for these gamers and we’ve got some nice tales from completely different occasions of the 12 months. … The following participant and positively excited to observe a few of these guys play.”

Caleb Douglas, Pearsall and Daejon Reynolds have been listed as projected starters on Florida’s weekly depth chart. Reynolds made essentially the most of an even bigger position final week at Vanderbilt, ending with eight catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns.

Reynolds has 11 receptions for 244 yards on the season. Douglas has eight catches for 150 yards and two scores. Pearsall caught 24 passes for 448 yards and three touchdowns. However there may be little or no depth behind them.

“There is not any doubt they’re very succesful,” Napier mentioned. “The way in which we observe, all of the gamers on our crew have a number of alternatives throughout OTAs in the summertime, coaching camp, you already know that helps construct depth in your crew so you possibly can survive a few of these conditions.”

Henderson and Shorter have been Florida’s large play receivers all 12 months. Henderson has 38 receptions for 410 yards and two touchdowns. Shorter has 29 catches for 577 yards and two scores.

Florida doesn’t reveal the precise nature of the accidents, solely stating higher or decrease physique. Henderson and Shorter each have decrease physique accidents. Pearsall, Fraziars, Burke and Chiaokhiao-Bowman all have higher physique points.