University of Florida

October 1, 2013

Gators’ Dominique Easley jumping to the NFL

Star defensive tackle Dominique Easley is officially headed to the NFL in 2014, bypassing the chance to take a medical redshirt and play another season at Florida.

Star defensive tackle Dominique Easley is officially headed to the NFL in 2014, bypassing the chance to take a medical redshirt and play another season at Florida.

Easley, a dominating interior lineman, tore his right anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in a noncontact drill during practice last Tuesday. Before the injury, Easley was rated the nation’s ninth-best draft eligible prospect, according to ESPN’s Scouts Inc.

Coach Will Muschamp confirmed Easley’s plans and supports the senior’s decision 100 percent.

“He’s a guy that’s had two ACLs,” Muschamp said. “That’s the best move for him right now and going to prepare himself for April and get ready for that.”

• No. 18 Florida and Arkansas will kickoff at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, UF’s first night game in The Swamp since its 2011 regular-season finale against FSU.

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