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Gators football reaction: Florida missed Jonotthan Harrison against Commodores

The Gators lacked the push up the middle that junior Jonotthan Harrison delivers on a week-to-week basis, says SB Nation's Alligator Army.

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The Florida Gators felt the effects of not having offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison during last weekend's 31-17 victory over Vanderbilt, says SB Nation's Alligator Army.

Harrison suffered a right arm injury in the first series against the Commodores.

10. Florida really missed Jonotthan Harrison. If there was any one thing that I thought Florida struggled with against Vanderbilt, it was getting a push up the middle. That's not Jon Halapio's forte; he pulls and blocks well, which was why he was named SEC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week. But it's Harrison's, as he uses his considerable size for a center (he's listed at 6'4", 299 pounds) to make holes. With him out against Vandy, those holes weren't there. It'd be nice to have him back to do some hole-opening against South Carolina.

Harrison returned to practice Wednesday, which means he could be ready to play Saturday when the Gators host No. 9 South Carolina in a pivotal SEC matchup.

The junior has been a staple on the Gators' offensive line. Last season, he made 12 starts at center and one at left guard.

Harrison is one of the key members on a line that supports one of the best rushing attacks in the SEC. Florida is averaging 233.3 rushing yards per game heading into Saturday's contest against the Gamecocks.

Mike Gillislee has been one of the running backs who has benefited from the strong line. He has 615 yards and seven touchdowns on 120 carries this season. Jeff Driskel has four touchdowns and 326 yards on 57 carries.

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