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Marcus Roberson Injury: Florida Gators Freshman Sprains Neck, Will Miss Rest Of Season

The standout freshman from Ft. Lauderdale will miss the rest of the season, leaving Florida thin at cornerback.

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The Florida Gators' disappointing 2011 season took another turn for the worse Monday when they learned cornerback Marcus Roberson will miss the rest of the season with what coach Will Muschamp termed "a sprained neck." Muschamp expects Roberson "will be fine in four to six weeks" and healthy in time spring practice, but his 2011 season is over nonetheless.

Roberson has 22 tackles (17 solo), one interception, and three passes defensed in his freshman campaign. Among the five Gators to record an interception in 2011, he's the only cornerback. His injury will open up playing time for sophomore Cody Riggs, sophomore Jaylen Watkins, freshman Loucheiz Purifoy, and senior Moses Jenkins, said Muschamp.

Per his official bio on the Gators' website, Roberson was a four-star recruit according to both and In addition, Rivals ranked him the No. 37 player in the nation and No. 11 in the state of Florida.

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