Gators lose defensive leader to season-ending injury

Florida will sorely miss star LB Ventrell Miller, the team's leading tackler in 2020 who is out for the season with a torn biceps tendon.

Florida senior linebacker and team captain Ventrell Miller is out for the season with a torn biceps tendon. He sustained the injury during last week’s 42-20 win at South Florida.

Miller reportedly had surgery on Monday in hopes that he might be able to return to the team for the postseason.

Miller led the Gators in tackles last year with 88. He also recorded 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three passes broken up, one fumble recovery and one QB hurry. In two games this year, he had contributed eight tackles.

Miller could return to UF for a fifth season next year, or he could head to the NFL. If he’s played his last game for Florida, his collegiate career ends with 164 tackles, 15 TFL’s, 7.5 sacks, five PBU, one fumble recovery and one interception that he returned 82 yards for a TD.

Miller was a third-team All-SEC selection last year. Phil Steele’s 2021 preseason magazine had Miller as a fourth-team All-American and a second-team All-SEC choice.

The Gators will look to replace Miller with a combination of snaps for LBs Amari Burney, Derek Wingo and Diwun Black. They are 14.5-point home underdogs Saturday vs. Alabama for a 3:30 p.m. Eastern kick on CBS.

I’m endorsing a strong play on ‘over’ 59.5 points for UF vs. ‘Bama.

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