GAINESVILLE, Fla. In the nine months between his last sack and the one he registered late in Florida's win over Bowling Green on Saturday, Gators junior defensive tackle Dominique Easley endured.
He endured countless rehab sessions. He spent tedious hours planting and cutting on the left knee he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in last season against Florida State. He contemplated if he would be the same player once the knee healed.
Easley returned to action against the Falcons and recorded Florida's only sack of the game. It was also his only tackle of the game.
"I played all right,'' Easley said. "I wouldn't say it was my best game, but I played OK."
Simply being back on the field was what Easley looked forward to most. While his teammates prepared to face Ohio State in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day, Easley spent much of his time walking around the team hotel with his dog in tow.
Easley underwent surgery to repair his damaged knee days after he planted his leg awkwardl...