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Gators’ Andre Debose tears ACL, won’t play in 2013

Florida Gators kick returner Debose scores on a 100-yard fourth quarter kickoff return against the Louisville Cardinals during the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl NCAA football game in New Orleans Reuters

The star-crossed career of a highly-touted member of Florida’s 2009 recruiting class has hit another low point, with Andre Debose‘s season already over before it could get started.

First reported by, the Gators confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the wide receiver suffered a torn ACL during practice Tuesday evening.  As a result of what was described as a non-contact injury, the redshirt senior will miss the 2013 season.

“I know that Andre is disappointed,” UF head coach Will Muschamp said in a statement. “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. He will have surgery after the swelling goes down. 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.”

While no decision has been made, Debose could very well apply for a sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA.  Debose missed his entire true freshman season due to an injury he suffered running high school track, meaning he has the requisite two seasons lost to injury for a sixth-year waiver.

A five-star member of UF’s 2009 recruiting class, Debose was rated as the No. 2 receiver in the country by and the No. 21 player at any position.

Debose has appeared in 31 games and made eight starts the past three years.  His four career kickoff returns for touchdowns are a school record and tied for the most in SEC history.

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2 Responses to “Gators’ Andre Debose tears ACL, won’t play in 2013”
  1. Woody Bass says: Aug 7, 2013 4:14 PM

    Poor guy… Cannot get a break. Most seem to think he’ll get a medical redshirt.

  2. gator2006 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:11 AM

    I hope he comes back and is the feel-good story of 2014.

    He will probably be the last connection from my run in Gainesville (I graduated in spring 2010). One more year before I feel really old! Go Gators.

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