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Torn ACL sidelines Florida's Debose

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Florida wide receiver Andre Debose is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL, the school confirmed Wednesday.

The non-contact injury occurred during practice on Tuesday night. Coach Will Muschamp said Debose will undergo surgery when swelling in the knee goes down.

A redshirt senior, Debose will have the option to apply for a sixth year of eligibility through a medical waiver if he decides to return for the 2014 season.

A former five-star recruit who missed his freshman season because of injury, Debose has played in 31 games and started eight the past three years for the Gators. His greatest value is as a kick returner, having taken a school- and Southeastern Conference record-tying four kickoffs back for touchdowns during his career.

"I know that Andre is disappointed," Muschamp said in a statement. "He had been doing very well in camp and we were more than pleased with his effort and attitude.

"Andre was hurt in a non-contact situation. He just planted his foot and there was a tear. It is unfortunate and you feel bad any time that someone is injured, and the coaching staff and our team will be very supportive in assisting Andre during his recovery."
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