GAINESVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) – The Florida Gators will lose a trio of talented defensive players to the 2014 NFL Draft.
Florida linebacker Ronald Powell is the latest to announce he was leaving school early to play in the NFL. Powell, a 6'4", 244 pound junior from California has torn his ACL in his right knee twice, but played solid football in 2013.
He played in 11 games last season, leading the team with four sacks. He finished his college career with 84 tackles and 11 sacks.
Gators head coach Will Muschamp says "it's been well documented the hardships he has had to overcome and he has always kept a positive attitude."
Powell is the third Florida player to leave school early, joining cornerbacks Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson. Defensive tackle Dominique Easley, who could have returned for another season, also turned pro.
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