Gators LB Neiron Ball medically cleared

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida got a little deeper at linebacker on Friday when the school announced that Neiron Ball has been medically cleared more than a year after he was hospitalized for a hereditary congenital vascular condition.

The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Ball missed the entire 2011 season after a blood vessel burst in his brain in February 2011. He had played in 13 games in 2010, mainly on special teams, and recorded 10 tackles.

Ball will be competing for playing time behind Jelani Jenkins at weakside linebacker with freshmen Antonio Morrison and Jeremi Powell. Morrison was an early enrollee and impressed the coaching staff with his physical play.