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Two weeks after not traveling with the team to Vanderbilt, freshman DT Dominique Easley returned to the field. He left it on crutches.
Easley sprained his ankle in his return to play after getting in the Florida coaches’ doghouse.
After appearing in four games, he did not travel to Nashville two weeks ago. At the time, coach Urban Meyer said he was not part of the travel team for a lot of reasons.
Over the past couple weeks, he has dealt with his issues and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said Easley, a five-star recruit, earned his playing time on Saturday.
“Part of it is what it’s earned. He had some things he had to take care of to get back available for us to play,” Austin said. “He’s had a few good weeks of practice, and so cause he had a few good weeks of practice, it was time for him to play.”
Moving forward, Austin said he was confident Easley would have a good relationship with the coaches. When he can play again remains to be seen, though. Meyer said he didn’t know the extent of Easley’s injury.
“Sometimes it’s just a young guy learning, finding his way, growing up. When he does that, we’ll be fine,” Austin said. “And I have all the confidence in the world that he’ll be fine.
“We’ll get him right and he’ll be right and he’ll do a good job for us.”