Florida defensive tackle Thomas Holley will miss the upcoming season after having surgery on a sports hernia he suffered in high school. After enduring much discomfort, Holley was advised to have the surgery now.
The expected recovery time is four months. The Brooklyn native was expected to contribute this season. According to Rivals.com, Holley was the second best defensive tackle prospect in the 2014 class and was ranked 56th overall.
Holley, a 6’4, 295 pound true freshman, will redshirt this season and have four years of eligibility remaining upon his return.
Florida hopes to keep the injury bug away from the team this year. Last season, Florida was decimated with injuries, losing 17 players for the season, although some happened during or toward the latter part of last year.
The Gators are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 4-8 campaign. They face off against Idaho in their season opener on August 30.