The injury bug has been biting the Florida Gators all too often lately, as six of the 22 starters were missing for Saturday's game, but the bumps and bruises weren't enough to slow the Gators from beating Vanderbilt 31-17.
The Gators were without James Wilson (eye injury) and Dominique Easley, and starters Jonotthan Harrison, Jordan Reed and Xavier Nixon all left the game. Harrison sustained an elbow injury, Reed returned to the game after an eye injury, and Nixon left the game with an unspecified upper body injury.
Six of 22 starters missing, and three on the offensive line, and Florida still stuck to its gameplan and won. The Gators' depth isn't where Will Muschamp wants it to be (it should be substantially improved next year, and could get scary from there on out), but he has a much, much deeper team than he did in 2011, and not just because there has been less attrition this year.
For Florida State, Saturday couldn't have been much better. The Seminoles not only got a much-needed bounce back win with their 51-7 blowout of Boston College, but they also left the game with no new significant injuries to report - an added blessing to the win.