Thomas Holley to undergo surgery, expected to red shirt
Thomas Holley was expected to have surgery on Tuesday to repair scar tissue from a hernia that he suffered while in high school, Florida coach Will Muschamp told Thomas Goldkamp of GatorBait.com. It’s not major surgery and is only expected to sideline Holley for a couple of weeks, but it does make it more likely that he will be red-shirted this season.
“Thomas, from the sports hernia he had in high school, he has some scar tissue built up,” Muschamp said. “They are going to go in and shave that down. I don’t know when the time frame is for that. I want to say the surgery is Tuesday. We are trying to get him in today. That’s not a major procedure. It’s more like having a scope done. But he had some scar tissue that’s built up and it’s very discomforting when he ran. So he’ll be out for some time. I don’t know how much.”
It was likely that the Gators were going to redshirt Holley regardless of this injury so it’s not a major setback. It’s good to get this kind of thing out of the way as quickly as possible too so this is probably a good thing. He was at practice on Tuesday, but did not participate.
There has been speculation that Holley, who is from Queens but graduated from Coney Island’s Lincoln High School, will be red-shirted this season as he is still a bit raw for college football. He has great athletic ability, but he only started playing football as a junior in high school and was a full-time basketball player before that.
While at Lincoln, Thomas Holley helped to lead them to an undefeated season last year thanks to 60 tackles, seven sacks and a fumble recovery. He was also named an Under Armour All-American. He initially committed to Penn State, but after a coaching change he decided to go with Florida and passed up offers from many other schools including Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Vanderbilt.