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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 – 1/11/13

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1.  Kentucky escaped Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym with a 60-58 win last night.

2.  After building a 47-31 second half lead the Wildcats missed 12 shots in a row as the Commodores went on an 18-0 run.

3.  Vandy’s comeback proved that there’s still some Memorial Magic left.

4.  Freshman Fred Thomas is making a name for himself in Starkville.

5.  Florida’s Scottie Wilbekin has registered 16 assists in his last two games.

6.  Tennessee’s Jordan McRae is getting hot, but the Vols are ice cold.

SEC West Football

7.  Auburn assistant Charlie Harbison on sharing secondary duties with newly hired Melvin Smith: “Melvin and I are like brothers, so if anyone thinks what we do is opposite, it’s not.”

8.  Nick Saban has the perfect job… for Nick Saban.

9.  A pair of ex-Razorback quarterbacks have reportedly interviewed for the position of tight ends coach at Arkansas.

10.  All-SEC offensive lineman Gabe Jackson will return to Mississippi State for his senior year.

11.  As expected, Texas A&M offensive lineman Jake Matthews will return for his senior season.

12.  Could the Aggies grab a BCS championship of their own next season?

SEC East Football

13.  Quarterback Jeff Driskel will be back, but Florida will still have to answer a lot of off-season questions.

14.  A Notre Dame linebacker commitment has flip-flopped and enrolled at Florida.

15.  Georgia’s Mark Richt wants to reload on defense and improve on offense.

16.  Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart on Commonwealth Stadium renovation plans: “That sends a clear message that they’re serious about their commitment to college football.”

17.  Sources say Missouri is set to hire veteran SEC receivers coach Pat Washington.

18.  New Tennessee receivers coach Zach Azzani on the Vol WR corps: “It’s pretty depleted.”

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19.  Rob Chudzinski?  I thought Saban was supposed to be coaching the Cleveland Browns next year.

20.  Apparently AJ McCarron’s beauty queen girlfriend is going to pose for a photoshoot with Sports Illustrated.  (Bet that sexist Brent Musberger is making her do it!)

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Driskel Gives Florida Good News

Florida’s new head coach Will Muschamp got his recruiting in Gainesville off to a great start.

Quarterback Jeff Driskel, who plans to enroll in college next month, told Muschamp he will stick with his commitment to Florida.

“He’s fully committed,” Mary Driskel, Jeff’s mother, told the Palm Beach Post. “He got his classes set up. He’s on his way.”

That’s good news for Florida. Driskel is ranked the nation’s top quarterback by Rivals.com. He also plays a position that was a concern for Florida during this year’s 7-5 season.

Defensive end Clay Burton will be sticking with his commitment to Florida as well. The younger brother of Florida quarterback Trey Burton will begin classes in Gainesville next month.

Clay Burton took an official visit to Florida this weekend and spoke to Muschamp during his trip.

“He’s got a great reputation and SEC bloodlines,” Burton said of Muschamp.

Muschamp’s move to Florida will have an impact in recruiting on two of the nation’s top programs, Florida and Texas, writes David Wasson of FanHouse.com. Prospects looking at Florida have more answers while Texas targets have plenty of questions to ask.

Tom Luginbill of ESPN.com believes Muschamp will do fine in recruiting at Florida. Says Luginbill:

“The fact that Florida hired a high-profile name (even though he’s not a head coach) and did it so quickly will only help the program. It should stop any potential bleeding in this current class and help the Gators as national signing day nears.”

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