August 29, 2009

Andre Debose needs surgery, Dustin Doe back

Now seven days away from the season, the Florida Gators football team received some bad news on Saturday, as they learned that star freshman wide receiver Andre Debose has a serious hamstring injury.

The full extent of the injury is still unclear and head coach Urban Meyer said he would know more details on Monday.

Still, it sounds like the best case scenario for Debose at this point is missing the first half of the season or so and coming on to contribute in the second half of the year.

In all likelihood, the injury will probably require surgery and could force Debose into a redshirt year. However, if Debose's recovery is on the short side, he could still have an impact in SEC play for the Gators.

Debose injured the hamstring in the final track meet of his senior year in high school. It was thought to be a minor strain at the time, but it has limited Debose throughout fall practice and wasn't going away. He will get it looked at over the weekend, and we should get a final verdict on Monday.

Some good news for the Gators is that linebacker Dustin Doe is back with the team after serving a suspension following several traffic citations and driving without a license repeatedly.

Doe is still undoubtedly in Urban Meyer's doghouse, but his return should provide some added depth for the Gators. Doe has likely lost his starting spot and will play a backup role in his final year in Gainesville. He practiced with the second team today.

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