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Monday, August 18, 2014
Thomas Holley out for season

By Jeff Barlis

Thomas Holley
Florida defensive tackle Thomas Holley, who was expected to compete for playing time, will be redshirted after having surgery for a torn labrum in his hip.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators will not have the chance to play one of their top recruits this fall as defensive tackle Thomas Holley will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

Coach Will Muschamp said Monday that Holley, the nation's No. 3-rated defensive tackle prospect in the Class of 2014, will need four months to recover and will be redshirted this season.

Muschamp said Holley had a sports hernia in high school and had it repaired before he arrived at Florida. UF doctors found a labral tear.

"I'm disappointed for Thomas," Muschamp said. "Certainly a guy that athletically we were very excited about. Originally when he came in for the pre-physical, he'd had the sports hernia repaired and that's where he thought his pain was coming from. And then on the pre-physical we saw this.

"We wanted to see how far we could take it, but we knew eventually there was probably going to be a surgery involved. He just had a lot of discomfort involved, so we just decided to go ahead and do it."

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman from Brooklyn, New York, participated briefly in the Gators' preseason camp and was competing for a spot in the two-deep rotation at defensive tackle.