Update: Florida confirms that Easley has a torn ACL and is out for season.
Update from Gainesville, where Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley suffered a right knee injury in practice on Tuesday and could be lost for the season.
Easley, via his protected Twitter account, said today, “Gatornation thank you for all of 4 yrs of sticking with me but god has something else planned for and have no worries #believe.”
Florida coach Will Muschamp said on the SEC teleconference this morning that Easley had “tweaked” his knee and thought the 6-foot-2, 285-pound senior would be OK.
Through three games this year, Easley had five tackles, two for losses. He was also credited with four quarterback hurries.
Easley started in 11 games last year for the Gators and led the team in sacks with four. He started 12 games in 2011 before tearing the ACL in his left knee against Florida State. The Staten Island, New York native did not play against UK last year because of injury.
He was rated as a five-star prospect and the No. 2 prep defensive tackle in the nation coming out of high school.
If you remember, Easley was the player who inadvertently tripped teammate Darius Cummings from behind after Cummings had intercepted a pass by Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman — the ball slipped out of Peterman’s hand — in the second quarter of last Saturday’s 31-17 Florida victory.
Losing Easley would be a blow to a defense that is No. 1 in the SEC and No. 2 in the nation in total defense. Florida leads the nation in run defense and third-down defense.
Florida defensive end/linebacker Dante Fowler was named SEC defensive player of the week for his play against Tennessee. Fowler had three tackles for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and one recovered fumble against the Vols.