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Easley growing from ‘trash-talker' to leader

Florida's defensive line flickers. Towards its edge, there's a spark that crackles loudly. It lights up the field with energy, with a certain fire. Up until this year, that spark has been the loose cannon — letting its mouth run and the penalties pile. There is one guy that is known for his outspokenness and spitfire-attitude on the field, and he's learning to control his burn.

Dominique Easley, a junior who stems from Staten Island, N.Y., has matured greatly from when he first came to campus, according to fellow defensive lineman Omar Hunter. Hunter said Easley, whom he pins as the "biggest trash talker" he has ever been around, never had trouble being vocal on the field. But it was the words Easley spit out that proved to be the problem. For example, when a...

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