The Florida Gators just lost heir starting quarterback last week after Jeff Driskel suffered a season-ending broken ankle.
Now, their defense has lost their best player and leader in defensive lineman Dominique Easley, who suffered a torn ACL during practice today, and is now out for the rest of the year:
“Test results have revealed that he suffered a tear of both his ACL and medial meniscus, which will require season-ending surgery,” Head coach Will Muschamp said in the statement.
“I talked to Dominique and the team this afternoon and we will continue to look for his leadership and experience throughout the season.”
Easley, a redshirt junior, suffered a torn ACL in 2011, and could return next year if he so chooses. He’ll likely make that decision based on his NFL Draft stock, as he was being projected as a mid-early first round draft pick prior to this injury.
Easley had posted this earlier in the day when he first learned that his season was over:
“Gatornation thank you for all of 4 yrs of sticking with me but god has something else planned for and have no worries #believe,” he posted on his private Twitter account (@MR_ChUcKiE_2).
Because it’s still fairly early in the season, he’ll probably be ready for the start of an NFL training camp.
Whatever he decides to do, here’s to a speedy recovery for him, as he is a special player to watch, and this is hopefully just a minor setback in what looks like a very promising football career.