Gators lose safety Marcell Harris to season-ending injury
You know the time-tested adage that says only bad things occur in the offseason? Gators veteran SS Marcell Harris has emerged as the latest case in point.
A redshirt senior who has appeared in 37 career games and started eight last year, Harris has been lost for the year with a torn right Achilles tendon suffered during workouts Wednesday.
"As a coach this is one of the hardest things you are faced with," Coach Jim McElwain said in a statement released by UF. "Here is a kid who has made great personal growth during his time here and has really matured both on and off the field."
Harris, among only two healthy safeties available this past spring, had 73 tackles, a sack and two interceptions in 2016. He was the only strong safety listed on Florida's post-spring depth chart.
Sophomore Jeawon Taylor, who missed all of spring drills while recovering from shoulder surgery, could emerge as Harris' replacement if healthy. Incoming three-star freshman Donovan Stiner also could become an option.