You may have seen him at Florida doing the Gator Walk with a Chucky doll in hand. You may have seen him at the front of the pack marching onto the field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium with a giant chain around his neck. Yes, the player in reference is none other than Florida Gators defensive lineman Dominique Easley. He’s the silly one, the jokester in the locker room, but don’t be deceived. Easley’s not one to be taken lightly. He’s a player most offenses will not want to go up against in 2013.
Easley is an important piece in the Gators defensive armor. With Sharrif Floyd and a few other former Florida defensive players now in the NFL, he will have more duties and more playing time. And more playing time equals more time in the spotlight. According to coach Will Muschamp, Easley will continue to be used as defensive end, more than likely against teams that use two backs on the field at the same time. Usually playing tackle, last season was Easley’s first at defensive end, due to lack of depth at the position.
Last season Easley didn’t play much due to injury and a few flareups related to that injury. Even still, he was part of very few shining moments for Florida towards the end of the season, particularly in the Sugar Bowl loss against the Louisville Cardinals. He led the Gators with four sacks, thus proving his presence on the field is much needed going into 2013.
To put it simply, having Dominique Easley back for one more year will make all the difference for the Florida Gators on defense. His versatility and talent will contribute greatly to his success in his final year at Florida. Provided he stays healthy, we can expect big numbers from Easley in 2013. That’s all there really is to say.