GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain said sophomore wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland will be out for the No. 21 Gators’ homecoming game against LSU on Saturday after suffering a high-ankle sprain against Vanderbilt.
“He’s in a boot right now,” McElwain said. “You know the dreaded not-normal ankle, but high ankle.”
Cleveland injured his ankle after catching a pass in the third quarter of Florida’s 38-24 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday and did not return to the game. He also suffered a shoulder injury a week earlier against Kentucky.
Over the first four games of the season, Cleveland had begun to establish himself as a legitimate deep threat target. He leads the Gators with 326 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on 15 catches. No other Florida player has more than 107 yards.
Cleveland’s 21.73 yards ranks 14th nationally and fourth in the SEC among players with at least 10 catches this season. He is one of 12 players with four catches of at least 40 yards.
Only two other Gators have a catch longer than 30 yards this season.
Cleveland caught the last-second touchdown in Florida’s 26-20 win over Tennessee to open SEC play.
He also had his coming-out game as a freshman last year against LSU, catching a pass about 30 yards downfield from Austin Appleby, turning around and racing to the end zone for a 98-yard touchdown. Florida won the game 16-10 in Baton Rouge, La., to clinch the SEC East for a second straight year.
In Cleveland’s absence, the Gators will rely on a combination of Kadarius Toney, Brandon Powell, Josh Hammond, Freddie Swain and Dre Massey to fill the void.
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