Notebook: Powell expected back in fall

Muschamp said no transfers, yet

Florida's Ronald Powell had successful knee surgery Monday.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 11:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 11:47 a.m.

Florida Buck linebacker/end Ronald Powell underwent successful knee surgery Monday to repair a torn ACL and has a chance to return at some point this season, Florida coach Will Muschamp said on the SEC coaches' teleconference Tuesday.

“I thought it went very well,” Muschamp said. “We'll see what the timetable is on that. Like I've said before, if anybody can come back, it would be Ronald. He's a very determined young man for his rehab. Our thoughts are with him right now.”

Powell injured his knee in the first half of the spring game. The original timetable was that Powell likely would be out for four to six months.

Other than Powell, Muschamp said the Gators should be healthy when preseason camp opens in August.

“We should be 100 percent going into fall camp as far as guys that had surgery postseason and in this spring,” Muschamp said. “Everybody is on track to be full go when we report in August.”

Muschamp said starting safety Matt Elam, who was held out of the final week of the spring with an injured groin, is back working out and is fine. Elam had surgery on his groin after last season.

“I really wanted to take a good look at Jabari Gorman and Valdez Showers at the safety position (in the spring game),” Muschamp said. “Matt is a good football player who has played a lot of football for us.

“There was no sense in risking further injury to the groin. He just twinged it in spring practice. He's fine. He's working out.”

No transfers yet

A week ago at a Gator Gathering in Gainesville, Muschamp said he expected some attrition, with maybe one of two players deciding to transfer. He said Tuesday that no one has left yet.

“I think that was a little blown out of proportion,” Muschamp said. “What I always say is when you're in evaluation meetings with your players, which I'm about through with, there always are things that come up. Homesick. Depth chart. Different things.

“At this point, we don't have any. But you never say never in these situations.”

Post-spring depth chart set

Muschamp said he and the coaches met a few days after the spring game and came up with a depth chart heading into the summer.

“There are still some unsettled things, like the quarterback position,” Muschamp said. “Right now, we've got some battles that will be decided in fall camp.

“I have a pretty good idea who we can count on to contribute to our team next year.”

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