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Dominique Easley won’t return to UF, will leave for NFL

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Not only has Florida lost one of its most outstanding defensive players for the remainder of the season, they’ve lost him for the remainder of his collegiate eligibility as well.

Dominique Easley, head coach Will Muschamp confirmed Monday, has played his last game as a Gator as he will make himself available for the April NFL draft.  The defensive tackle tore his right ACL earlier this month and had already been ruled out for the remainder of the 2013 season.

A tweet Easley sent out the day his ACL tear was confirmed intimated that he was finished in Gainesville, so Muschamp’s pronouncement doesn’t exactly come as a surprise.

The ACL tear was the second of Easley’s career.  A tear in his left knee in 2011 put a premature end to that season as well.

The lineman started 23 games the past two seasons before starting the first three in 2013.  He finishes his Gators career with 72 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, a blocked punt and a fumble recovery.

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8 Responses to “Dominique Easley won’t return to UF, will leave for NFL”
  1. thegamecocker says: Sep 30, 2013 4:34 PM

    I guess this means he will not be going to any more classes? Let me ask it a different way: did he go to any classes and how many credits has he earned?

  2. overratedgators says: Sep 30, 2013 5:01 PM

    Another rat flees the sinking ship.

  3. gatorprof says: Sep 30, 2013 7:50 PM

    I wish him nothing but the best. The man needs to get paid.

    overratedgators,

    Nice. The guy has two knee surgeries and was a consensus first round pick this year before injuring his knee. Yet he is a rat fleeing a sinking ship.

    Perhaps you would like to tell that to Mr. Easley’s face?

    Keep it classy.

  4. overratedgators says: Sep 30, 2013 10:30 PM

    You’re right. He clearly nothing but the highest regard for Florida.

    http://kentuckysportsradio.com/football-2/floridas-dominique-easley-isnt-a-fan-of-the-south/

  5. rrfredd says: Sep 30, 2013 10:35 PM

    Easley has been quoted numerous times that he came back for his senior year b/c he promised his mother that he would get his degree.

  6. noaxetogrind says: Oct 1, 2013 10:18 AM

    @ gamecocker,
    Kind of a wierd question out of the blue isn’t it cocker? Or are you implying something? This is a kid who has had a career beset with injuries. I think it is completely rational for him to jump out as soon as he can with the thought that hopefully the next time he gets hurt he is gettng paid for it.

  7. dhardy8207 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:22 AM

    Wish him the best!

  8. thegamecocker says: Oct 1, 2013 10:27 AM

    @noaxetogrind

    Let me put it this way: no offense intended, but I’m of the opinion Dominique Easely will be better off securing his college degree as well as trying to secure a spot on an NFL team. It is MORE IMPORTANT to get the degree and hopefully he has achieved that or is very close to earning it. Given his injury situation, I would think his chances of making an NFL team are questionable. I have opined the same about Marcus Lattimore who is more well-known than Easely and has now earned in excess of $1 million in salary and endorsements. Marcus is close to earning his degree and I’m hopeful he will do just that.

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