Gators WR Andre Debose suffers season-ending ACL
Florida redshirt senior WR Andre Debose suffered a season-ending ACL in practice Tuesday.
It is the second season-ending injury in his collegiate career.
“I know that Andre is disappointed,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday. “He had been doing very well in camp and we were more than pleased with his effort and attitude. Andre was hurt in a non-contact situation. He just planted his foot and there was a tear."
Debose was a five-star receiver who also played quarterback and running back at Sanford High, and at the time was projected to be the heir apparent to former Gator Percy Harvin.
But a lingering knee injury from high school wiped out his freshman season, and he had yet to live up to the hype surrounding him when he arrived. In 2009, Debose missed his entire freshman season due to a knee injury he sustained running track in high school.
He has played in 31 games and has 29 receptions for 543 yards and four TD's. As a kick returner, Debose has 58 returns for 1,592 yards.
In early preseason he had received praise from coach Will Muschamp and teammates about his improved work ethic and dedication to the offseason.
During Florida's team media day last week, Debose talked about his renewed effort to becoming that player he was once expected to be. He seemed optimistic this would be a big year for him.
“He will have surgery after the swelling goes down," Muschamp said. "It is unfortunate and you feel bad anytime that someone is injured, and the coaching staff and our team will be very supportive in assisting Andre during his recovery.”
Because Debose has already used a redshirt season, to be eligible next season he would have to apply for a medical hardship if he so chooses.