Oct 6, 2012; Gainesville, FL, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) is hit as he throws the ball by Florida Gators defensive lineman Dominique Easley (2) during the fourth quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

What the Florida Gators lost in Dominique Easley


The Florida Gators just lost their starting quarterback last week after Jeff Driskel suffered a season-ending broken ankle, and this week, their defense lost their best player and leader in defensive lineman Dominique Easley, who suffered a torn ACL during practice Wednesday, and is now out for the rest of the year.

The 6-foot-2, 282-lb Easley is the primary reason Florida sports the SEC’s top-ranked defense, as he has four quarterback hurries and two tackles for loss this season, and can play both defensive tackle or end, and he’s by-far one of the most versatile lineman in the nation, making NFL scouts drool over his potential even more.

With him out, they Darious Cummings, a 4-star JUCO defensive lineman from the 2012 class,

His loss also hurts outside players such as Ronald Powell and Dante Fowler Jr. With Easleyin the middle absorbing a lot of double-teams, that created a lot of one-on-one situations for his teammates, so Florida needs to learn how to generate a pass rush without him.



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