Florida Gators WR Andre Debose out for year with torn ACL

Florida Gators wide receiver Andre Debose (4) catches the ball over defensive back Marcus Roberson (5) during the spring practice at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

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Florida Gators redshirt senior wide receiver Andre Debose has suffered a torn ACL and will the miss the 2013 season, according to GatorCountry.com.

What had originally been reported as a simple knee injury – and what offensive coordinator Brent Pease had called a “tweak” on Tuesday night – was confirmed to be far worse upon a Wednesday examination.

A former five-star recruit out of Sanford, Fla. (Seminole High), Debose stepped onto Florida’s campus with sky-high expectations. Unfortunately, through a confluence of circumstances both within and out of his control, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder never came close to living up to his level of ability.

First was the issue of trying to catch passes from the ineffective John Brantley in 2010 and then dealing with the growing pains of two true freshmen (Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brisett) in 2011. In 2012, his poor attitude jammed him into coach Will Muschamp’s doghouse and he finished with a mere 10 receptions for 93 yards on the year.

Even more heartbreaking for him is that, by all accounts, Debose had straightened out his act with the approach of his final opportunity to impress his teammates, coaches, the Gator Nation and finally NFL scouts.

Seeing as Debose has already used up his redshirt year, the only way he will be able to play for Florida again will be to file for a medical hardship waiver. Should the NCAA grant him what is commonly known as a medical redshirt, Debose will be eligible for a sixth year in 2014.

Debose holds the school record with four kickoff returns for touchdowns.