Talented five-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley will have to wait a year to get his Florida Gators football career started as Will Muschamp announced that Holley will have to undergo surgery that will end his season. “Thomas Holley is having surgery today,” Muschamp said. “This is all coming from high school. This is a situation with his hip.” Holley’s initial physical once he arrived in Gainesville showed where Holley had a sports hernia while in high school. So when the talented defensive lineman started feeling that discomfort again, the coaches and training staff assumed it was from that. An exam showed a separate injury, one that would need surgery. “He had a sports hernia in high school, had it repaired before he came here. We thought that’s where his discomfort was,” said Muschamp. “On the initial physical, we found a labral tear in his hip, an impingement in his hip. So they’re going to repair the labral tear and shave the bone. So he’ll redshirt this year. Our medical people did an outstanding job of finding it. Something that happened in high school and we got it taken care of. Holley originally chose Penn State over Florida coming out of Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York. When Bill O’Brien bolted from Penn State for a job with the Houston Texans — news Holley found out about while participating in the Under Armour All-American game — Holley jumped ship and pledged allegiance to Florida. Holley did everything he could to stay on the field this season. He, along with the training staff, knew that surgery would have to happen but both tried to give it a go on the field and see if the pain was something that the freshman could manage. It wasn’t, which leads us to the news that Holley will miss his first season in Gainesville. “We wanted to see how far we could take it but we knew eventually there was probably going to be a surgery involved,” Muschamp said. “He just had a lot of discomfort involved, so we just decided to go ahead and do it.”
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