Transfer Harris injured, considering surgery

During his first week of practice in Gainesville, transfer center Damontre Harris dislocated his shoulder and tore his labrum. The South Carolina transfer and his family will now be forced to make a decision about potential surgery that coach Billy Donovan said would hold Harris out until March of April. Transfer rules were already keeping Harris from playing this season.

"We've got to make a decision whether or not he wants to have surgery," Billy Donovan said on Wednesday afternoon. "If he doesn't have surgery, the likelihood of it popping out again is that there's a pretty high percentage it's going to happen again. Do you do it now and try to do some things in a month or two to get him on the floor without contact?"

Being out until March or April is less than ideal for the Florida team. Donovan had high expectations for Harris, despite him sitting out for the year. The center was expected to match up in practice every day with Florida starting center Patric Young.

Young hasn't had much opposition in practice during his first three years on campus. Harris' shot blocking ability was expected to give Young a challenge and improve his play during practice.

"It's unfortunate because he really could've utilized his time here to get better offensively and playing against Patric," Donovan said. "It was good for Patric and good for him. It's a real significant loss in practice. He was doing pretty well the first couple of practices. He gave us size. With him being gone, it hurts his development and our team."

FIRST POLL IS OUT: Florida opens the season ranked No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches Poll released on Wednesday. The Gators finished last season ranked No. 9 after a loss to Louisville in the Elite Eight. Only three SEC teams were ranked in the top 25.

It's the third straight year Florida has opened the season in the top 11 of the coaches poll after starting at 10 last season and 11 during the 2010-11 year.

"It's a good number to have before the season, but it's a long season," senior guard Kenny Boynton said. "The numbers will switch. We definitely can't let that go to our head."

Five of Florida's opponents— No. 3 Kentucky, No. 11 Arizona, No. 17 Missouri, No. 21 Wisconsin and No. 24 Florida State—are ranked in the preseason poll.

Florida opponents Georgia, Kansas State, Marquette and Tennessee were listed in the ‘others receiving votes' category.

Missouri and Kentucky join the Gators as the only three SEC teams in the poll.

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