Powell Loss is a Big Blow

The bad news with practice time is injury and the Gators got a big dose of it on Monday. Starting BUCK Ronald Powell was diagnosed with a torn ACL and will have surgery as soon as the swelling goes down. This will put Powell out of business for quite a while, the school says 4-6 months, but likely longer and into or throughout the season. Someone will have to fill a big void.

He was having a great spring by all accounts and this was going to be a big year for Ronald Powell. Thrust into a starting role as a true sophomore in 2011, Powell struggled earlier and finished strong. By the end of the season he led the team in sacks with six.

He was having a great spring and most would tell you he was the most improved player on the entire squad from last season. Now Powell will have to sit out some great prep time for his junior season and will have to focus on getting that knee stronger.

"Ronald is in good spirits and is very eager to do whatever is necessary to have a healthy, speedy recovery," head coach Will Muschamp told the University of Florida Athletic Association website on Monday . "He has already started with prehab and once the swelling goes down and he regains his range of motion, he will have the surgery."

Also on the mend is SAM linebacker Lerentee McCray who sat out the spring with a shoulder injury that we have heard is not doing too well. McCray is the backup at the position when Powell is not in the game. Behind McCray is sophomore Gideon Ajagbe and then likely a hand full of true freshmen that will get a shot when they arrive in June.

Florida was expecting a lot out of Powell and while you hope the best for him, they need him to recover quickly.

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