E.J. Manuel took a hit right in the helmet in the fourth quarter against Florida, with the ball flying free and the Gators taking over. Of more importance, Manuel was down on the field for a significant spell, with trainers coming out and assisting him off the field.
As the Gators retook the lead, Manuel was still circled by trainers on the bench. Backup Clint Trickett has taken over for the starter, as ABC reports Manuel's still undergoing concussion tests.
Trickett has 32 attempts worth of experience this year, almost all of them in mopup duty. He got worthwhile reps last year, playing the better part of three games (including Oklahoma and Clemson) after Manuel was hurt. He finished with a 160.83 passer rating and nine touchdowns to four interceptions last year.
Manuel has not had his best game, with four turnovers to his name already, but the Noles would still be hurting minus their senior quarterback. We'll wait to hear what the official diagnosis is.
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