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Draft Scout Dominique Easley News
05/04/13 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: EARLY TOP-50 DRAFT BOARD: 35. DL Dominique Easley, Florida (6-2, 280, 4.85)...Although not as explosive as Sharrif Floyd, Easley led the team in sacks last season with four and has versatility to line up inside and outside. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/08/13 - The fretting over which Florida juniors might enter the upcoming NFL Draft is done. The final question mark was DE Dominique Easley, who announced on his Twitter account that he will be back for one more year. “I’m comin back for my senior season we gotta get where we need to get,” he wrote.
Easley had 26 tackles, including four sacks, last season. The Gators lost four other juniors who opted to turn pro: S Matt Elam, DT Sharrif Floyd, TE Jordan Reed and LB Jelani Jenkins. All players have until the Jan. 15 deadline to make their decisions official. - Jason Lieser, The Palm Beach Post
10/15/12 - No. 3 Florida should have five starters back for its biggest game of the season. Coach Will Muschamp said Monday he expects linebacker Jelani Jenkins, defensive end Dominique Easley, center Jon Harrison, guard James Wilson and left tackle Xavier Nixon to play against No. 9 South Carolina on Saturday. They missed all or part of Saturday's 31-17 win at Vanderbilt. ''We're hopeful to have all those guys back,'' Muschamp said. ''They're all definitely going to be fine or probable at the worst.'' Jenkins injured a hamstring against LSU on Oct. 6, and Easley has missed two games this season with a left knee injury. The Gators certainly could use them to help slow down South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore. Harrison, Wilson and Nixon could be equally important to Florida's success Saturday. Harrison (arm) and Nixon (upper body) left Saturday's game. Wilson didn't even make the trip after injuring his eye in practice. Even without the three starting offensive linemen, the Gators finished with 326 yards rushing against the Commodores. - AP Sports
08/07/12 - Florida coach Will Muschamp said junior Dominique Easley is going to play more at defensive end this season. That suits the 286-pound Easley just fine. “It's going to be fun,” Easley said. “More space, more one-on-one matchups.” Easley is 100 percent after sitting out UF's spring game while recovering from a torn ACL. He suffered the injury during UF's regular-season finale against Florida State and sat out the Gator Bowl. The rehab that followed wasn't easy. Easley said the hardest part was getting his hip and leg strength back. “There was a couple of tough moments, but the tough moments are the best moments to remember,” Easley said. Easley started all 12 games at defensive tackle for the Gators last season before going down with the torn ACL in the second quarter of the FSU game. He heard a pop in his left knee, but his first thought was to get back on the field. The 21-7 loss to the rival Seminoles left an equally bad taste in Easley's mouth. “For me, I have a broken heart,” Easley said. “I haven't been the same since 2011. So until those pieces get fixed, it's going to be what it is.” Muschamp said defensive end is Easley's “most natural” position. But Easley started at defensive tackle to start last season because of the uncertainty that surrounded defensive lineman teammate Sharrif Floyd. Floyd was ineligible the first two games of 2011 after admitting to receiving $2,500 in travel money from a third party for unofficial recruiting visits. Floyd has since made arrangements to pay the money back. - Kevin Brockway, Gator Sports
08/06/12 - PRO PROSPECTS ON THE MEND: DT DOMINIQUE EASLEY, Florida, INJURY: Torn ACL (left knee), November 26 - missed bowl game...After being one of the highest recruited players in the nation, Easley had a breakout sophomore season last year, tallying 37 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. However, he tore his ACL in his left knee in the regular season finale against Florida State and had surgery before the Gators' bowl game. Easley missed all of spring ball, but is expected to be healthy for the 2012 season, moving outside to defensive end. He is very light on his feet for a big man with lateral burst and flexibility to explode in any direction. As long as the knee injury doesn't have an effect on his change of direction skills, Easley has early round potential. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com