Dominique Easley out with knee injury, torn ACL rumors send Twitter flying

Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Star Florida Gators defensive end Dominique Easley suffered a knee injury during a recent practice prior to Saturday’s game against Kentucky. Nothing could be substantiated until his coach, Will Muschamp, spoke to the media during his weekly conference call – but the injury was believed to be a torn ACL.

The tweet sent fans and media into a tizzy, and with good reason: A season-ending injury would be absolutely devastating to both Easley personally, as well as the Gators on the whole. The injury would have meant that two of Florida’s highest-profile starters will have been lost for the season in less than a week. Quarterback Jeff Driskel broke his Fibula against Tennessee. Easley, a senior, is the best defensive lineman on a unit loaded with talent.

At 6-foot-2 and 285 pounds with real speed, and freakish strength, Easley is also considered one of the best at what he does in the entire nation. Some experts have penciled him in as a first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

When Muschamp was finally asked about Easley’s knee, he gave all of Gator Nation a reason to breathe a sigh of relief. Coach Boom used the word “tweaked” regarding Easley’s injury, and reported that he will only be missing a few practices pending further issues.

Should things change, and Easley is lost for the year, coach Will Muschamp has a plethora of talent along the defensive line to turn to. If there is one position that’s deep, this is it.

For now though, Gator Nation and Twitter can take a BIG sigh of relief.

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