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Florida freshman DT Thomas Holley to miss season following hip surgery

Florida freshman Thomas Holley will miss the season following hip surgery.

Coach Will Muschamp says Holley had surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his hip joint.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle from Brooklyn, New York, will need about four months of recovery time, Muschamp says, and should be ready for spring practice in March. He will get a medical redshirt, leaving him with four years of eligibility.

Muschamp says Holley's injury stems from a sports hernia he sustained in high school.

Muschamp says, "Disappointed for Thomas. Certainly a guy that athletically we were very excited about. ... He just had a lot of discomfort involved, so we just decided to go ahead and do it."

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