It’s no secret that the Florida Gators need to turn things around in 2014 after a disastrous 2013 campaign that has head coach Will Muschamp on the hotseat in Gainesville. As the team looks for bounce-back years from several key starters, the team might be most excited to see senior receiver/returner Andre Debose back on the field. If he can stay healthy, Debose could be a huge lift for a Florida team desperate for playmakers this fall.
Debose has already had a pretty illustrious career at Florida, though the last few years have been cut short by injuries. He signed with the Gators as state track champion in high school, running the 100-meter dash in 10.68 seconds. That speed served him well, particularly on special teams, as Debose has returned a school-record four kickoffs for touchdowns, which is also tied for the SEC record.
But Debose hasn’t been on the field for Florida since suffering a torn ACL in preseason camp last season. That makes his trademark explosiveness a bit of a question mark until we see him back on the field but the Gators are willing to bet on their explosive return man. With the speed and mobility that he’s already displayed for Florida in the past, Debose is one of the most electric return men in SEC history.
The challenge will be for him regain that form this fall. If he is anything close to his former self, Debose will be a dangerous weapon for the Gators on special teams and in space on offense. He could be the kind of gamebreaking spark that the Gators missed so badly in 2013 and be a major difference maker for the program this fall.