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Monday August 18, 2014 Injury forces Gators freshman DT Thomas Holley to redshirt

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Other than a bone bruise to the left knee of sophomore cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, the Gators have had a relatively quiet camp in regard to injuries.

Considering the way 2013 went on the injury front, they deserved a reprieve from the injury bug.

Thomas Holley

However, Gators head coach Will Muschamp announced Monday that freshman defensive lineman Thomas Holley will miss the season and redshirt. Holley is scheduled to undergo surgery today to repair a hip labral tear that he suffered in high school.

“He had a sports hernia in high school. Had it repaired before he came here,’’ Muschamp said. “That’s where we thought his discomfort was. On the initial physical, we found a labral tear on his hip and impingement on his hip.

“He just had some discomfort in running and changing direction. Our medical people did an outstanding job of finding it. I’m disappointed for Thomas, a guy who certainly athletically we’re very excited about.”

Muschamp said the recovery process is expected to be about four months. Holley, like former Gators standout Dominique Easley, is a product of the New York City area. Holley led Lincoln High of Brooklyn to the PSAL championships a season ago in only his second season of football.

The 6-foot-3, 312-pound Holley first gained notoriety as a basketball recruit but opted to play football in college.

Meanwhile, Muschamp said offensive line Trenton Brown (foot contusion) sat Monday’s practice but should be back Tuesday, and that safety Marcus Maye (hamstring) and offensive lineman David Sharpe (ankle) are projected to return early next week.

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