Debose to Have Surgery; Out for the Year

After more than a week of speculation, Florida coach Urban Meyer finally announced Andre Debose will need surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his hamstring. The freshman receiver was expected to contribute right away especially filling the role of Percy Harvin, but he will miss this season because of the injury that has bothered him since the start of the summer.

The Gators will look elsewhere to fill the void left by Harvin in the slot.

"It is the tendon part of the muscle that is detached from the bone that they are going to reattach it," Urban Meyer said after Tuesday's practice.

Meyer said Andre Debose took the news very hard.

"He wanted to really play," Meyer said. "He was really crushed, but he also understands this is a marathon, not a sprint."

Without Debose as an option, Brandon James, who started in the slot against Charleston Southern, along with running backs Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey will see time at the position.

Also, it makes using cornerback Joe Haden in the spot more tempting, something that creating a buzz early in fall camp but fizzled after a while.


Meyer expressed his concern about the lack of depth at tight end. Besides Aaron Hernandez, he has nobody ready to play the position. Freshman TE Desmond Parks, who got de-striped Tuesday, will likely get a redshirt. He ruled out using fullbacks as tight ends because they are too small and would struggle blocking defensive ends. He said he is considering using Matt Patchan at tight end in certain situations as an extra blocker.


Omarius Hines has made a push in the last week for more playing time. Meyer was impressed with his performance in Saturday's game and wants to see more of him.


OL Carl Johnson practiced Tuesday after missing Sunday's practice due to a knee injury suffered in the season opener.


DT Lawerence Marsh and LB Jelani Jenkins did not participate in all of practice because of injuries. If Marsh is unable to go against Troy, Omar Hunter, Brandon Antwine or Troy Epps will start in his place.


The Gators got off to a rough regarding penalties, getting flagged eight times for 43 yards. Meyer said he doesn't mind penalties as long as they are aggressive mistakes.

"When I see penalties because of loaf and laziness throughout the game, and I see penalties because its the game of football and you are aggressive and you are jumping off the ball,s nap count early, then let's get that fixed," he said. "You'll sit the bench much earlier if you don't go hard, then if you make a mistake."


Meyer was happy to hear that David Nelson has started mentoring Justin Williams. Williams has frustrated Meyer in his career at UF because he has the talent but hasn't made plays.


Troy's blowout loss to Bowling Green surprised Meyer. He spoke highly of the Gators' opponent and the Trojans defensive end Brandon Lang in particular.

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