Fears confirmed: Easley’s season over

The Florida Gators got bad news Wednesday when an MRI revealed that Dominique Easley will require season-ending knee surgery.

Coach Will Muschamp statement on Dominique Easley’s injury:
“As I said earlier today on the SEC Conference Call, Dominique injured his right knee in practice late Tuesday night in a non-contact situation. Test results have revealed that he suffered a tear of both his ACL and medial meniscus, which will require season-ending surgery.”

“I talked to Dominique and the team this afternoon and we will continue to look for his leadership and experience throughout the season.”

“Watching any of your players go through this is one of the hardest things about being a coach. Obviously, it is hardest on Dominique. We are disappointed for him, but we will be there for him every step of the way through his surgery and rehab process.”

In other injury news:
QB Jeff Driskel underwent successful surgery this afternoon. Driskel had a plate and screws inserted for the fibula fracture. The doctors also repaired his medial ligaments and put two screws across his ankle joint.

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Franz Beard
Back in January of 1969, the late, great Jack Hairston, then the sports editor of the Jacksonville Journal, called me on the phone one night and asked me if I wanted to work for him. I said yes. The entire interview took 30 seconds. It's my experience that whenever the interview lasts 30 seconds or less, I get the job. In the 48 years that I've been writing and getting paid for it, I've covered Super Bowls, World Series, NCAA basketball championships, BCS championship games, heavyweight title fights and what seems like thousands of college football, baseball and basketball games. I'm a columnist and special assignments editor for Gator Country once again, writing about the only team that ever mattered to me, the Florida Gators.