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Thursday September 15, 2011 Gators defensive tackle Dominique Easley's dance moves have grabbed people's attention

Updated: 2:22pm, September 15

Sophomore defensive tackle Dominique Easley wasted little time making his presence felt in Saturday’s win over UAB. That was a good and bad thing on the Blazers’ first drive of the game.

Gators defensive tackle Dominique Easley

In case you haven’t noticed, Easley sometimes bounces around like a ping-pong ball when he lines up for a play.

With UAB facing a second-and-11 at UF’s 45, the hyperactive Easley was called for off-sides when he lined up in the neutral zone. That was the bad. With the Blazers facing third-and-11 at UF’s 45, Easley was credited with a quarterback hurry by forcing UAB quarterback Bryan Ellis to throw an incompletion. That was the good.

Dancing Dominique was called for another off-sides penalty in the second quarter, making his bouncy moves up front a popular topic.

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has noticed the chatter.

“That has certainly been brought up a lot lately,’’ Quinn said after Wednesday’s practice. “To be honest with you, I don’t notice it as much maybe as the next guy because I’ve been around him so much. You see him and that’s just [him]. He does bring a lot of energy and juice to the defense.”

Offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison is glad Easley is on his team instead of across from him. He said Easley’s dance moves might get on his nerves if they played against each other.

“He is a firm believer in playing with what he calls swag … that little dancing, that little energy, that’s his way of playing. He’s just a real lively person.’’

Easley doesn't just dance around during a game, he struts his stuff during warm-ups and on the sideline as part of his routine.

When asked about Dancing Dominique during his press conference Monday, Gators coach Will Muschamp didn’t seem to mind as long as Easley keeps it within reason.

“I think every player is different,’’ Muschamp said. “Obviously as it is written in the rules, he has to abide by it, and our officiating crew does an outstanding job. As long as he’s not doing anything to taunt our opponent I’m fine with that. I want our guys to be who they are.’’

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