GAINESVILLE (CBS4) – The Florida Gators continued their bowl preparations Monday, but the team will be without its best player when they take the field to battle Penn State.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins had surgery on his right shoulder after the Florida State loss and he will not play in the Outback Bowl, according to the Palm Beach Post. Jenkins is a junior and is considered a first-round NFL draft pick if he leaves after this season.

But, with an NFL work stoppage looming on the horizon, Jenkins will have to decide whether to take a chance on the NFL getting a labor deal done or go back to UF.

Also missing from the Outback Bowl roster for Florida will be right guard Maurice Hurt, defensive tackle Lawrence Marsh, and defensive tackle Terron Sanders.

But, Florida running back Jeff Demps is beginning to get healthy after a stress reaction in his foot in September, according to the Gainesville Sun. Demps practiced in pads Monday and said he felt around 85 percent.

Comments (7)
  1. Where's Tebow says:

    Jenkins will prob sit out so that PSU doesn’t throw for 200 yards to his side. And E.Roy will now run for 150 up the middle on the lack of DT’s. Just my take as a long-time Gator. Hey, I’m worried, we got a lot of rebuilding and no QB…

  2. Rob in West Palm says:

    Hate to say it, but you are probably right. Jenkins was always a stud, but can’t see him risking his draft status. I looked up Penn State’s passer stats and that McGloin )sp) kid has thrown for a lot of yards in not many starts. Their O-Line isn’t that great but not only is Royster good (all time rusher there) but that Freshman Redd had a solid year and Green was a beast in the Rose Bowl 2 years back. Could spell trouble, really not liking this game especially knowing Meyer is gone. If the players check out, it’s over before it starts.

  3. Max in JAX says:

    We’ll get smoked in this game, sure, but we got 2 title’s in the last 6 so who cares… Max – Class of ’98

  4. Chilly in SoBe says:

    Like my bot “where’s Tebow’s” name suggest, where have our gamers gone? For Jenkins to get surgery shows he’s a quiter, I don’t care what anybody says – Tebow would have played through anything for us. I bet we are lucky to go 7-5 next season and maybe lucky to be 6-6. Sad, sad day in Gator Nation.

  5. Keeping it real! says:

    Demps should sit, no need risking more injuries.

  6. Gator in NYC says:

    You guys are colder than the 20 inches of snow we have here in New York City,.. i don’t think we go 6-6 next year, but I agree with a few of you guys that we MUST rest Demps, Jenkins quit, we have no QB and our RBs carried us, that n the D one in a while. I don’t care about this game, just ready for next season. Wouldn’t be suprised if Jenkins was ducking the match-up with their 6’6 WR Moye who’s had a great season under the radar. Lots of the Penn State guys up here have been talking about him, his stats are legit. Still can’t wait for gametime… G in NYC

  7. beezy says:

    thats the funniest thing i ever read in my life! J Jenks is the best corner in CFB you idiot!!! I GUARANTEE my gators win by at least 10!

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