Easley tore his ACL in the final game of the 2011 regular season and spent the offseason rehabbing it. He missed two games during his junior year because of swelling on the knee, but he played better as the season went along.
Easley finished his year with 26 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks. He added two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup. He also recovered a fumble.
His best game was in the Sugar Bowl against Louisville, when he made five tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss.