The Florida football program will play the 2017 season without its returning leading tackler.
This week, it was announced that redshirt senior safety Marcell Harris will miss the upcoming season after suffering a torn right Achilles tendon on Wednesday. Harris was working out with the team when the injury occurred.
On Thursday, Gators head coach Jim McElwain released a statement regarding Harris’ Achilles injury.
“As a coach this is one of the hardest things you are faced with,” McElwain said. “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.”
Last season, Harris recorded 73 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery in eight starts.
Harris’ loss is a big one for the Gators, but they will have to look within their roster to find a capable replacement that will allow the defensive backfield to continue playing at a high level as the team looks to contend in the SEC.
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