April 6, 2013; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Dominique Easley (2) during the spring practice for the Orange and Blue Deput at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida DL Dominique Easley won't return to school

Last week, the Florida Gators got the worst in a series bad news when they lost star defensive tackle Dominique Easley to a torn ACL. Easley was a dominating force and looked like the best defensive tackle in college football through his first three games.

“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 con to look for his leadership and experience throughout the season.”

On Monday, Muschamp announced that Easley would not be applying for a medical redshirt and instead will enter the NFL draft.

“Dominique is definitely going to the NFL next year,” Muschamp told Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post.

Easley tore his other ACL in the 2011 regular season finale, a 21-7 loss to the Florida State Seminoles.

“I think that’s the best move for him right now, to prepare himself for April and get ready for that,” Muschamp added. “He and I talked briefly about it, and that’s what he wants to do. I support it 100 percent.”

Easley has been projected by most pundits as a first round pick.

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