Ja'Quavion Fraziars, Keon Zipperer ruled out, Justin Shorter listed as questionable vs Gamecocks
The Florida Gators officially released their depth chart on Wednesday for their upcoming game this weekend against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The team officially ruled out receiver Ja’Quavion Fraziars. He suffered what Florida head coach Billy Napier said was a “pretty significant” shoulder injury. Another player who was ruled out for the Week 11 matchup was their tight end Keon Zipperer. He had to miss the Texas A&M game with a knee injury, but Napier said last week that the injury is not “long-term”. The good news for Florida fans is that wide receiver Justin Shorter is listed as questionable as he deals with a hamstring injury.
He’s been the team’s leading receiver in 2022, but had to miss the Texas A&M game. Shorter currently leads the team in receiving yardage (471) and he’s also tied for the team lead in touchdown catches (2). If Shorter can’t go, Caleb Douglas and Kahleil Jackson are listed as the two backups on the depth chart.
Napier provided an update on Justin Shorter
Billy Napier provided an update on Shorter’s status during his Wednesday press conference, saying he’s been on a “pitch count” during practice this week. That said, Napier and the staff are keeping a close eye on their leading receiver heading into Florida’s matchup with the Gamecocks.
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“[Shorter has] been modified in practice,” Napier said. “He’s been able to do some things. We’ve kind of got him on a pitch count. He’s still questionable at this point in time. We’ll see where he’s at tomorrow. But he has done work. He worked yesterday, he worked today. We’re just keeping a close eye on him there and trying to control the volume.”
Shorter’s absence didn’t make too much of an impact last week against Texas A&M as the Gators knocked off the Aggies 41-24 at Kyle Field. Still, the goal is to get him back on the field as Florida closes in on bowl eligibility in Napier’s first year at the helm.
On3’s Nick Schultz also contributed to this article.