Will sixth year be a charm for Gators WR Debose?

By Adam Silverstein
August 24, 2014

College did not go as easily as redshirt senior wide receiver Andre Debose had originally planned. Not only has Debose dealt with two season-long injuries and struggled at times with dedication to his craft, he has seen four offensive coordinators and six position coaches during his time with the Florida Gators.

He received rave reviews from head coach Will Muschamp prior to the 2013 season. Muschamp complimented his renewed dedication and improved production during the offseason, but Debose was unable to prove he had turned things around after tearing his ACL before the season even began.

Even now, fully cleared to practice and once again doing well according to his coaches, Debose is still in the rehabilitation process and has missed some time as of late.

“I’m just working on some strength in my left leg. I feel like it’s not as strong as my right leg, so I’m working on the individual muscles,” he explained.

“It was precautionary. I had some swelling, but Coach Muschamp told me he was going to be monitoring me a lot and anything I felt concerned about, he was going to take control over and just cut me off so I can get control over the swelling a little bit. It wasn’t anything serious.”

Though Debose feels he still has “some room to improve” with his explosiveness, he is a sight for sore eyes for Florida both on offense and special teams.

His four kickoff return touchdowns are not only a UF record but also tie him for a career mark among Southeastern Conference players. He is well-aware that he has the opportunity to break that record this season and be alone at the top in SEC history.

“It’s definitely something that comes across my mind. But I mean, it’s not something I’m thinking about every day like, ‘I must get another return.’ I’m trying to score every time I get the ball,” Debose said.

“I definitely hope it happens fast, early in the season, so I can get that out of the way. But it’s something I think about sometimes. It will mean a lot to me being that I made history and I can brag and say I’m the best in the SEC to do it. It’s something that I’m looking forward to, and I hope I accomplish it.”

Though Debose has spent more than his fair share of time wearing the Orange and Blue, he does not look at his long college career as time wasted not being in the NFL. He has been able to get his degree, learn a ton and mature where he otherwise may not have had he been in school just three years as originally planned.

“I definitely would have never imaged being here six years. It’s kind of a blessing in disguise,” he said. “I just graduated and I’m just enjoying it, man. Gainesville’s a great place. I’m not in any hurry to get out of here.”

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Photo Credit: The Gainesville Sun


  1. Dave Massey says:

    Hey Adam,

    I was just wondering if Dr. Indelicato is still the team orthopaedic surgeon? He did my ACL surgery when I tore it and also when I fractured my scapula. He was a very talented doctor.

    It took me more than a year, almost two to get the strength back in my leg. Modern medicine has made this process much better than it was when I had my surgery done. My nephew had ACL surgery a couple years ago and it was completely different than what I went through. When I had mine done they cut part of my quadricept muscle out to use as the ligament replacement and gave me the same Lennox-Hill brace that had been developed for Joe Namath.

    Really hope DeBose comes back strong from this injury. Likely, he will be better later in the year than earlier. It does take time to regain confidence in the knee, especially in a sport like football.

    I went to the Tax Slayer Bowl in Jax in the Urbanator’s swan song and this guy just about single handedly won the game. We were sitting on the 50 yard line about halfway up and when he housed that kickoff return it was right in front of us. It seemed like everybody else was running in slow motion compared to this guy. He definitely has the talent and speed to do it. Hope he has a great senior year and goes on to a successful pro career.

    • No, he has not been with the team for a couple years. And I can tell you there are a bunch of former players who were none too happy with his work.

      • Dave Massey says:

        Wow, that is really sad to hear. All I can say is that I have had other doctors examine my knee and have said that the procedure performed was excellent. I can only judge by my experience.

  2. Michael Jones says:

    Love Andre Debose. Suspicious that he’s gotten a bum rap sometimes. I hope that he has an awesome year. The talent is there, for sure.