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Thursday, December 09, 2021

Gators LB Miller out for season

Florida’s leading tackler in 2020 suffered a torn bicep

Florida's Ventrell Miller, pictured on the field against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 4, will miss the season after surgery for a torn biceps tendon.
Florida's Ventrell Miller, pictured on the field against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 4, will miss the season after surgery for a torn biceps tendon.

Florida linebacker Ventrell Miller, who led the team with 88 total tackles in 2020, will miss the remainder of the 2021 season, as first reported by the Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson.

The redshirt senior paced the Gators with seven tackles in their season opener against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 4, but only recorded a single tackle before exiting the game against South Florida with a biceps tendon injury. 

G. Allan Taylor of The Athletic first reported Miller underwent surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon on Wednesday, adding that the injury would sideline the fifth-year defensive player for Saturday’s game against No. 1 Alabama.

Miller recorded 188 total tackles and 90 solo tackles across 38 games played in Gainesville, as well as 15 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and an interception back in 2018. 

Florida now faces the problem of recuperating Miller’s production against the defending national champions, with a Crimson Tide offense averaging 46 points per game so far in 2021 coming to town on Saturday. Florida will rely on fellow starters Amari Burney, Mohamoud Diabate, Jeremiah Moon and Ty’Ron Hopper in Miller’s place, among others.

Diabate spoke Monday night with the media and sounded confident in the unit’s ability to produce in Miller’s absence and said Miller will still be around during the week to help.

“All the snaps that I play, all the snaps that Burney will play and Moon will play, we feel confident in what we’re doing,” Diabate said.

The Gators kick off against Alabama at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Contact Ryan Haley at rhaley@alligator.org. Follow him on Twitter @ryan_dhaley.

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Ryan Haley

Ryan Haley is a second-year journalism major with a sports & media specialization from Jacksonville, Florida. He grew up playing a bunch of different sports before settling on golf, following Rory McIlroy and all Philadelphia sports teams. He also loves all things fiction, reading, watching shows and movies and talking about whatever current story or character is in his head.


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