During Saturday’s Florida spring game, linebacker/defensive end Ronald Powell left with what was said to be a sprained left knee. Come this morning, however, the injury turned out to be much worse.
Florida confirmed this morning that Powell suffered a torn ACL and will be out 4-6 months.
“Ronald is in good spirits and is very eager to do whatever is necessary to have a healthy, speedy recovery,” Muschamp said in a statement. “He has already started with prehab and once the swelling goes down and he regains his range of motion, he will have the surgery.”
Powell played in 12 games last season, recording 32 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble. He was having arguably the best spring of anybody on UF’s defense and was expected to be a much bigger contributor this fall.
Unfortunately for Powell and the Gators defense, that contribution is going to have to be put on hold for at least the beginning of the season.