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Florida wideout Tyrie Cleveland suffers ankle injury in Arkansas loss

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Saturday was an awful day for the Florida Gators, who lost their second SEC game of the season in a trip to Arkansas that will open the door in the race for first place in SEC East. The Gators also lost one of their wideouts in the second half of a blowout at the hands of the Razorbacks, who knocked Florida out of the top-10 with a big upset at home.

Upstart freshman Tyrie Cleveland was lost to an ankle injury–bad news for a Gators offense that has struggled to score points this season. The loss of Cleveland could magnify those problems at a time of the season where Florida are in a tight race for a spot in the SEC Championship Game with an upstart Kentucky team.

Cleveland had a rough game before his injury as a pass from Luke Del Rio bounced off of him and into the hands of a Razorbacks defender for a pick six in one of many miscues from the Gators offense on the day. The loss of Cleveland was just one of many disappointments from a Gators team that has now put themselves behind in the final month of the season.

Without their talented freshman, the Gators will be undermanned as they look to regroup and stave off Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee in a wild race in the lowly SEC East. Cleveland’s injury could be crucial in that race as the inconsistent Gators offense needs all hands on deck if they want to turn the ship around and clinch themselves a spot in the SEC Championship Game.

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