Now, junior BUCK / SAM linebacker Ronald Powell is ready to get back on the field and compete and make a big difference for the Florida Gators.
"Here is a guy who has been through a lot of adversity," Florida head coach Will Muschamp said about Powell at SEC Media Days earlier this week. "He's been cleared to go after it in fall camp, a guy I'm really excited to get back on the field to see No. 7 running around in orange and blue. (He's) a guy that's been through an awful lot, two surgeries, never complained, (and) never got down about anything. (He) is truly a great individual and (I am) excited that he's a leader of our football team as well.
His teammates can't wait to have the 6-4, 245 pound hitting machine back either. Senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley was asked how Powell was doing this offseason.
"Spectacular," Easley said with a smile. "He is moving. I say he is back and in effect. He wants it more than anybody, because he's been out of the game. When you are out of the game for a whole year, you hope that is something ou never have to experience."
Easley believes Powell is one of the true inspirations on defense for this unit. He's a guy that will make them a complete unit.
"He brings togetherness," Easley said talking as if Powell was a blood brother. "He is a voice that is always heard. He makes people come together just from his attitude and who he is. He is a family guy. He is about family, always."
Easley, who doesn't want to be a leader of the team in terms of taking charge, says that Powell along with sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison will undoubtedly keep everyone in line this year,
"Antonio and Powell will let everyone know this (isn't) the time to play around," he said.
Ronald Powell has come a long way maturity wise since stepping on campus. His coaches and teammates call him a leader now and that is what you want from a guy that came to school as the number one high school prospect in the country. This defense had to replace a lot from 2012, but it appears the addition of Powell, who could not play will be a huge one and from a guy that led the team in sacks the previous season.