LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 19: Cece Jefferson #96 of the Florida Gators reaches to tackle Jojo Kemp #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Report: Florida could play without best defensive lineman against South Carolina

The Gators are getting hit hard by injuries now.

South Carolina has been resurgent the past few weeks with wins against Tennessee, Missouri and UMass. The Gamecocks are coming into the game against Florida on a hot streak and feeling pretty confident. That's why this particular injury is going to really hurt the Gators' defense.

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Jefferson has recorded 19 tackles, three tackles for loss and five QB hurries in eight games played. He's the leader on this defense so not having him on the field is going to hurt against a South Carolina team that's found a leader of their own on offense in quarterback Jake Bentley.