Florida Gators football: What to expect from Andre Debose

Andre Debose may have spent his weekend getting tossed out of a window, but the wide receiver/kick returner for the Florida Gators did receive some good news last week when he learned he had been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Debose missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in fall camp, but he applied for a medical hardship waiver, which granted him the extra year of eligibility. Debose also missed all of his freshman season in 2009 after having knee surgery.

Now that Florida knows Debose will be returning, the question becomes, what can they expect from the Sanford, Fla. native in his sixth and final year?

Debose was one of the top receivers in the nation coming out of high school and was even labeled as “the next Percy Harvin” by former head coach Urban Meyer when he signed with the Gators. As he enters his sixth year, he has yet to live up to that seemingly unfair comparison.

Throughout his career Debose has accumulated just 29 receptions for 543 yards and four touchdowns. Where he has been able to make his mark is on special teams. He holds the school record with four kickoff returns for touchdowns.

While he has always had his struggles as a wide receiver, with a new offensive coordinator in Kurt Roper, Debose will get a fresh start. At his size (5-foot-11, 189 pounds) and his speed Debose could be an ideal fit as a slot receiver in Roper’s offense. Last season at Duke, the Blue Devils’ Jamison Crowder, a player of similar size and skillset of Debose put up 108 receptions for 1,360 yards under Roper’s direction.

This is not to say that I think Debose will put up numbers anywhere near that total this season, but if he can stay healthy he has the potential to have his best season yet. And if that doesn’t work out, it is likely he will still be as electrifying as ever as a kick returner.

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