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"Humbled" Andre Debose is healthy and ready to help the Gators



rsz_adebose.jpgThis time last season, Andre Debose was carrying the heavy burden of being the heir apparent to former Gator great Percy Harvin and battling a hamstring injury that was getting worse instead of better.

By September, he was undergoing surgery to reepair his torn hamstring and eventually missed the entire season.

“I felt very isolated,'' he said this week. "There were times when I felt like I wasn’t even there. I didn’t travel with the team, so I didn’t feel like I was part of anything.”

These days, he's healthy, practicing as hard as he can and appreciating the game much more.

"It humbled me way more, that I know it can all be taken away at the snap of a finger,'' he said. "It all means a lot.”

A 5-star wide receiver, out of Sanford Seminole High, Debose also rushed for 1,332 yards, which raised the expectations when he arrived at Florida that he'd be the new Harvin. But the hamstring injury, which he suffered during the high school track season his senior year, changed everyting.

Now Debose is just trying to find the best way to help the Gators.

“I feel like I’m finding my value in the team,'' he said. "Coach always tells us that you need to find value in the team and be valuable to the team, and I feel like I’m valuable to the team right now.”

[Last modified: Friday, August 20, 2010 2:57pm]


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