The SEC Blog will be counting down the top 150 players in the SEC every day, concluding on Aug. 30, at the start of the college football regular season.
64. Dominique Easley, No. 2, Florida Defensive Tackle
2011 stats: 37 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one punt block
Easley established himself as one of Florida's most reliable defensive linemen last season, starting 12 games and finishing fifth on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss. He was rated as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the country coming out of high school in 2010, according to Scout.com. So there's no questioning that the talent is there.
Easley tore his ACL in the last game of the 2011 regular season vs. Florida State and has spent the offseason rehabbing in preparation for the 2012 season. Even when you're medically cleared, a torn ACL is not something that you come back from with ease. It's going to take some time for Easley to get comfortable on that knee.
Assuming Easley comes back healthy, he should provide a solid one-two punch on that defensive line with fellow Class of 2010 defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd. He put together a solid sophomore campaign in 2011, and 2012 is a season that's set up for Easley to be a star.