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Florida’s Ronald Powell inspired by Adrian Peterson


Miami Herald Writer

Strong-side linebacker/defensive end Ronald Powell was inspired by Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson’s near record-setting 2012 season.

Now, he hopes his comeback season will be just as successful.

Powell led Florida in sacks (6.0) in 2011 before tearing his ACL twice in the past year. He never played a down last season, and the redshirt junior said he’s ready to bust out this fall.

“Just the feeling of running out in The Swamp,” he said. “I can feel it, man. It’s going to happen for me.”

Powell, the nation’s No. 1 recruit in 2010, said he keeps a Sports Illustrated cover story on Peterson’s incredible comeback in his locker for motivation.

All-SEC picks

Senior left guard Jon Halapio — sidelined all fall practice with a torn pectoral — was No. 10 Florida’s only offensive selection (second-team) on the coaches’ 2013 preseason All-Southeastern Conference team released Thursday.

Three Gators — defensive tackle Dominique Easley, cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy and punter Kyle Christy — were first-team picks. Junior cornerback Marcus Roberson was named to the second team.

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