Senior who appeared in and started 11 games for the Gators in 2012, after starting 12 games at defensive tackle as a junior...Saw action in six games as a true freshman...Has 67 career tackles, 16.0 TFL, 5.5 sacks, a blocked punt and a fumble recovery.
Played in 32 games with 26 starts on the defensive line...Senior season was cut short after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in practice leading up to the Kentucky game...Was on his way to an All-America season before suffering a ACL...Was a disruptive force on the interior of the line whose impact wasn't always felt in the stat sheet...Consensus preseason First Team All-SEC selection...On the watch lists for the Lombardi, Bronko Nagurski, Bednarik and Outland Trophy...Voted a team captain...Named the team's Greg See Tenacity Award winner and James W. Kynes Award for mental and physical toughness.
Played in and started 11 games in 2012...Was sidelined against Kentucky and Vanderbilt due to injury...Collected 26 tackles on the season, including a team leading 4.0 sacks, added a fumble recovery and a pass breakup...Recorded five tackles in the Sugar Bowl against Louisville, 3.5 of which were TFL...Recovered a fumble at Florida State to solidify the 37-36 win over the Seminoles...Tallied four tackles, including 1.0 sack against Louisiana...Had a season-high six tackles against Texas A&M...Recorded a sack in the opener against Bowling Green for a loss of five yards.
Started all 12 regular-season games at defensive tackle, before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament against FSU...Recorded a total of 37 tackles on the season, finishing tied for fifth on the team with 7.5 TFL, totaling 25 yards...Also had three QB hurries and blocked a punt...Preseason All-SEC Third Team (Media) ...Missed the Gator Bowl due to the injury suffered against FSU...Had two tackles, assisting on a 5-yard sack, against Florida State...Notched three tackles and blocked his first career punt against Furman...Had four tackles at South Carolina...Recorded three tackles against Vanderbilt...Recorded his first career solo sack at Auburn, a 6-yarder, with three total tackles...Notched a career-high nine tackles at No. 1 LSU, with a 2-yard TFL...Recorded a then-career high four tackles against Alabama, including 1.5 TFL for four yards...Had two tackles, both for loss (3 yards) against Tennessee...Notched two tackles against UAB...Recorded three tackles, including one for a 4-yard loss, in his first career start against FAU.
Teamed up for a tackle vs. Appalachian State...Had one tackle in Florida's victory over Georgia...Recorded one tackle in his first game as a Gator on opening day and teamed up for a tackle in Florida's game vs. Alabama.
Ranked a five-star prospect and No. 2 defensive tackle in the country by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.
- Patriots stay put, take undersized, injured DT...Despite many presumptions that the New England Patriots might be looking to trade down and out of the first round to take advantage of the perceived depth in the 2014 NFL Draft class, coach Bill Belichick stayed put and made a pick for the first time in the last few years. New England continued its offseason spent addressing the defense by picking Florida defensive tackle Dominque Easley. "The way the board ended up we felt real good about Dominque being available at 29," Belichick said to open his press conference at the conclusion of the first round.
Easley is an undersized (6-foot-2, 288-pound) defensive tackle with athletic ability to penetrate in both run and pass defense. He also tore the ACL in each of his knees over the course of the last three years. He played in just three games last fall for the Gators due to the second ACL tear, one that kept Easley from working out this spring when the Patriots held a workout with various Florida players. Still, Belichick was clearly impressed with the type of disruptive play that Easley showed when healthy in Gainesville. "He's a very disruptive player," Belichick said. "Very explosive. He's smart, instinctive and has a great motor. There's not much to not like about him." Belichick also downplayed any concerns he might have about Easley's current and pass ACL issues. "When he gets up here we'll work with him and see where he's at," Belichick added. "We feel like he'll be all right." - The Sports Xchange