Lincoln High School alumni Thomas Holley will miss his first season at the University of Florida as he is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday to repair a labral tear and impingement in his hip, head coach Will Muschamp announced Monday. Holley will be given a medical redshirt as the surgery requires a four-to-six month recovery time.
Holly had previously suffered a hernia while still in high school. He had surgery to repair it, but the team wanted him to have surgery last Tuesday to remove some of the scar tissue. Instead, they found out that his recent pain had nothing to do with the hernia and instead was a problem with his hip.
”He had a sports hernia in high school and had it repaired before he came here,” Muschamp said. ‘That’s where we thought his discomfort was. On the initial physical, we found a labral tear on his hip and impingement on his hip.
“He just had some discomfort in running and changing direction,” Muschamp said. “Our medical people did an outstanding job of finding it. Something that happened in high school and we got it taken care of.
“Disappointed for Thomas,” Muschamp continued. “Certainly a guy that athletically we were very excited about. Originally when he came in for the pre-physical he’d had the sports hernia repaired and that’s where he thought his pain was coming from. And then on the pre-physical we saw this. We wanted to see how far we could take it but we knew eventually there was probably going to be a surgery involved. He just had a lot of discomfort involved, so we just decided to go ahead and do it.”
Holley, who is actually from Queens, but went to Lincoln High School for two years, helped to lead the Railsplitters to a perfect record and Public School Athletic League city title in 2013. He had 60 tackles, seven sacks and a fumble recover en route to being named an Under Armour All-American.
Holley was expected to redshirt no matter what this season as he only started playing football two years ago and is still considerably raw by college football standards. Still, it’s never good to hear that he will need major surgery like this. Hopefully it’s something that he can put behind him quickly and return to 100 percent.