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Florida WR Debose Out For The Year With ACL Injury

andre-debose-practiceYou gotta hate seeing good players go down to injury at any time.  You really have to hate it when the player is hurt during practice.  So when a player is lost for the season during a preseason practice, it’s both equal parts stomach-turning and sad.

Florida receiver Andre Debose injured his knee last night and today it was learned he will be lost for the 2013 season due to an ACL tear.  Debose is a redshirt senior.  The receiver/kick returner could apply for a medical redshirt and a sixth year of eligibility if he is indeed out for the season.

“I know that Andre is disappointed,” Will Muschamp said.  “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.”

Quarterback Jeff Driskel is out of practice following an appendectomy.  Running back Matt Jones is out with a viral infection.  Now Debose is done before the season begins.  Considering the Gators’ struggles on offense last season, all the missed practice time and now the injury to Debose are cause for serious concern in Gainesville.

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SEC Headlines – 3/26/12 Part Two

1.  Could this be the year Florida receiver Andre Debose finally has luck on his side?

2.  The basketball Gators grew up on their way to the Elite Eight, but will Bradley Beal and Kenny Boynton return?

3.  Kenarious Gates opened spring drills at Georgia at left tackle.

4.  Linebacker Jarvis Jones likes the look of UGA’s defense.

5.  Everyone’s saying Frank Martin will be introduced at South Carolina tomorrow.

6.  New coaches and plenty of change are headed Tennessee’s way this spring.

7.  Derek Dooley says his team was a little too sloppy on Day One of drills.

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Weis Working On Brantley’s Mind At UF

New Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is considered a quarterback guru.  He’s turned passers like Tom Brady, Matt Cassell, Brady Quinn and Jimmy Clausen into stat kings and/or winners.  And Gator fans are hoping he can do the same with John Brantley.

The senior’s confidence likely took a serious hit as he and the rest of UF’s offense stumbled and bungled its way to an 8-5 record last season.  But gone is Urban Meyer’s spread — a horrible fit for Brantley — and in has Weis’ pro-style attack. 

The new coach’s first order of business?  Getting inside his quarterback’s head:


“Without them taking on my personality, I try to make them think more like I do.  How to take over the team.  How to run the huddle.  How to be authoritative.  How to manage the team.  How to build relationships with all the players on the team.

There’s a lot to being a quarterback.  There’s a lot more than throwing fade routes in the red zone.”


So far, so good.  Brantley’s wideouts — Andre Debose and Frankie Hammond Jr. — both talked up their QB to FoxSports.com’s Scott Carter.

Unfortunately for Brantley, Debose and Hammond have yet to live up to their own expectations.  And the same can be said for most of the offensive skill players in Gainesville.

All eyes will be on Brantley this fall to see if Weis can lead yet another signal-caller to success.  But if Brantley does succeed, Weis will have done some good work with those around him, too.

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Ten Gators named to Phil Steele’s Postseason All-SEC teams

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Redshirt freshman Andre Debose returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this season. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Ten Gators were named to Phil Steele’s Postseason All-SEC teams on Friday, with strong safety Ahmad Black, punter Chas Henry and kick returner Andre Debose making the first team.

Black, a senior from Lakeland, led the team with 102 tackles this year. He also had three interceptions, forced three fumbles and recovered two.

Henry, a senior and finalist for the Ray Guy Award given to the nation’s top punter, leads the country with a 46.41 punt average.

And Debose returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this year – one from 88 yards against LSU and another from 99 yards against South Carolina.

Junior CB Janoris Jenkins, a projected first-round draft pick, made the second team.

On the third team were senior left guard Carl Johnson, senior left tackle Marcus Gilbert and senior defensive end Justin Trattou.

Florida placed two on the fourth team – senior center Mike Pouncey and redshirt freshman linebacker Jelani Jenkins.


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