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Munroe tore ACL during seven-on-seven drills; Says Ahmad Black now the frontrunner at strong safety

GAINESVILLE -- Just got off the phone with Dorian. Always the levelheaded guy, he seems to be taking his season-ending injury well. Dorian told me that he tore the anterior-cruciate ligament of his right knee on Thursday while participating in seven-on-seven drills with UF's offense.

"I was doing some extra work with the offense," Munroe said. "I went up for a ball with a receiver and came down wrong. I didn't think it was that bad because I walked off the field but I had the MRI and they told me my ACL was torn."

Munroe will seek a second opinion but says he will likely have surgery in two weeks once the swelling in his knee goes down. It will be the first knee surgery of Munroe's career.

"Everything happens for a reason, so I'm just going to trust in God and move forward," Munroe said. "I was really looking forward to this season but I'm going to come back even stronger after the injury."

Munroe said that there is a chance he might return to the field by the end of the season. Doctors told Munroe he could have played this season with a knee brace but Munroe is opting for surgery.

"I wouldn't be very useful because I can't move side to side," Munroe said. "All you do as a defensive back is move from side to side."

Munroe said that rising redshirt freshman Ahmad Black is the leading candidate to replace him as the Gators' starting strong safety. Black, who was recruited as a cornerback, moved to strong safety and performed well this spring.

"Ahmad has done a real good job back there and in my mind he is the guy," Munroe said. "Time will tell if Will Hill can come in and help out but right now he's too untested."

Munroe will begin working on range of motion in his knee on Monday. Meanwhile, Florida's secondary will be thin going into two-a-days. Munroe said that Bryan Thomas recently had minor surgery and will also be limited during the preseason.

-jo-

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