Florida Football: Ronald Powell to Redshirt 2012 Season After Rehab Setback

Stephen Sheehan@@StephenPSheehanCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2012

Ronald Powell won't see the field this season.
Ronald Powell won't see the field this season.Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

It appears the Gators will be without Ronald Powell for the entire season, as Scott Carter of GatorZone reports the junior suffered a setback in rehab. 

The former No. 1 overall recruit of the 2010 class tore his ACL in Florida's spring game, leaving a void at the Buck linebacker spot. 

By all accounts, Powell used the injury as a source of motivation and was still expected to make a return later this season. 

However, Carter tweeted that head coach Will Muschamp said last year's leading sack artist has swelling in his knee and will redshirt.  

Losing Powell for the entire season is a tough pill to swallow for Gators fans, but the future isn't totally dim. 

Dante Fowler Jr. and Jonathan Bullard—both of whom are former 5-star recruits—will have to pick up the slack as freshmen. 

Both players boast great size and pass-rush skills, although it'll take a lot more than natural skill to produce in the rugged SEC. 

Hopefully Powell is able to get healthy and rehab his draft stock for 2014. 

For now, the Gators will roll with the young guns.