Florida five-star freshman defensive tackle Thomas Holley will miss the 2014 season and redshirt after surgery to repair a labral tear in his hip, UF coach Will Muschamp announced Tuesday.
"Disappointed for Thomas. Certainly a guy that athletically we were very excited about," Muschamp said, per 247Sports affiliate GatorBait.net. The labral tear resulted from a sports hernia suffered during Holley's high school career.
"Originally when he came in for the pre-physical he'd had the sports hernia repaired and that's where he thought his pain was coming from," Muschamp said. "And then on the pre-physical we saw this. We wanted to see how far we could take it but we knew eventually there was probably going to be a surgery involved. He just had a lot of discomfort involved, so we just decided to go ahead and do it."
Holley signed with the Gators as one of the nation's most coveted defensive tackle prospects, a five-star player according to 247Sports' rankings and the nation's No. 77 player overall in the 247Sports composite. A Brookyln native, Holley was also the No. 1 player in New York for the class of 2014.