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Monday April 9, 2012 Gators DE Powell's latest mission is to recover from torn ACL, expected to miss 4-6 months

Updated: 1:25pm, April 9

Ronald Powell

(Photo: Powell, No. 7, reacts after making a stop in last season's game against Tennessee.)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – According to coaches and teammates, Gators junior pass-rush specialist Ronald Powell was a man on a mission this spring, turning into one of the Gators’ most productive players.

Powell’s mission now is to get healthy and return to the field following a knee injury in Saturday’s Orange & Blue Debut spring game. Powell suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the first half of Saturday’s game and did not return.

Florida coach Will Muschamp held out hope that the injury was nothing more than a sprain but an MRI revealed a torn ACL that is expected to sideline Powell for four to six months.

“Ronald is in good spirits and is very eager to do whatever is necessary to have a healthy, speedy recovery,” Muschamp said Monday morning. “He has already started with prehab and once the swelling goes down and he regains his range of motion, he will have the surgery.”

Powell started all but one game a year ago and finished with 32 tackles and a team-leading six sacks and nine tackles-for-loss. A 6-foot-4, 248-pounder from Moreno Valley, Calif., Powell ended spring camp in the best shape of his career according to defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, which could help in his recovery.

“Powell is on a mission,’’ Quinn said prior to Saturday’s game. “He is playing faster, just like you want an outside rusher to play. I’m encouraged about where he’s headed.”

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