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Florida Gators’ Andre Debose out for season


Miami Herald Writer

Florida’s enigmatic receiver/kick returner Andre Debose sustained a season-ending knee injury during Tuesday’s practice, the team announced Wednesday.

Debose tore his left anterior cruciate ligament planting his foot wrong in a noncontact drill, according to coach Will Muschamp.

“I know Andre is disappointed,” Muschamp said. “He had been doing very well in camp, and we were more than pleased with his effort and attitude. … It is unfortunate and you feel bad any time that someone is injured.”

According to teammates, the much-maligned redshirt senior was finally making positive strides and appeared poised for a breakout season.

“You can feel him at practice,” cornerback Louchiez Purifoy said. “I wouldn’t have said that last year.”

•  Sidelined starting guards Jon Halapio (torn pectoral) and Max Garcia (back) are expected to return to practice early next week, sliding Tyler Moore back to right tackle. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Moore can play anywhere along the offensive line but prefers to slot the redshirt sophomore on the outside.

•  Florida practiced in full pads for the first time Tuesday. … Pease said he missed last month’s annual recruiting extravaganza, Friday Night Lights, because he got tied up traveling back from an Alaskan vacation.

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