Thursday August 27th, 2015

Florida freshman tackle Martez Ivey is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on Friday for a slightly torn the meniscus in his left knee, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Gators head coach Jim McElwain declined to comment on the specifics of the injury, adding that he did not know when Ivey would return. “It doesn't appear to be a season-ending thing or anything like that,” McElwain said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.  

Ivey's former high school offensive line coach James Delgado told the Sentinel that he spoke with the offensive lineman and that Ivey said the injury occurred when other teammates landed on his knee in practice. 

Ivey was the top-rated offensive lineman in the 2015 recruiting class and was expected to start at left tackle for the Gators. He could be out for 2-4 weeks and is likely to miss the season-opener against New Mexico State on Sept. 5.

Earlier in the week, McElwain praised Ivey for his work with the first-team offense during practice.

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“You don’t think of him as a freshman, really, the way he’s playing,” McElwain said. “That’s great to see. We kind of thought that when we recruited him.”

Without Ivey, sophomore David Sharpe will move to left tackle, while Fordham transfer Mason Halter and freshman Fred Johnson will compete for an opening on the right side of the line.

Mike Fiammetta

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