GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida senior safety Marcell Harris will miss the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during conditioning drills, a significant setback for a defense already replacing seven starters.
Harris sustained the season-ending injury while running with teammates on Wednesday.
”As a coach, this is one of the hardest things you are faced with,” Gators coach Jim McElwain said in a statement. ”Here is a kid who has made great personal growth during his time here and has really matured both on and off the field. It is tough to see a player invest so much in himself and his teammates and have this happen, but I do know that we will support him every step of the way as he works through this injury.”
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Harris played in all 13 games last season, starting eight at safety. The Orlando native totaled 73 tackles, two interceptions and a sack. He also scored his first career touchdown on a fumbled punt against Florida State. Harris has appeared in 37 games in three seasons in Gainesville.
He could petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility.
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