December 7, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- It was the little things that Ronald Powell missed the most.
Running out of the tunnel before games. Celebrating sacks with teammates. Seeing his name on the depth chart in the defensive meeting room.
He may have taken those minor details for granted his first two years at Florida. But after two operations on his left knee in a five-month span forced him to miss all of last season, the fourth-year junior has a newfound appreciation for those often overlooked aspects of the game. And that should make his return all the more special Saturday.
Powell, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker who led the team in sacks as a sophomore, will play his first game since the 2011 season when the 10th-ranked Gators open the season against Toledo