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 GatorCountry.com, 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 Rivals.com 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.