GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that freshman wide receiver Andre Debose is behind schedule due to the hamstring injury he suffered this summer. Debose (5-11, 180 pounds) is eventually expected to contribute offensively this season, according to Meyer.
"I wish Debose was a little further ahead," Meyer said. "His heart is in the right place. He's trying. That hamstring limited him a little bit in preparation for this summer but he certainly has the talent, which he showed a little bit today."
Receivers coach Billy Gonzales said that Debose performed well in a one-on-one tackling drill on Monday.
Percy position frontrunners
Meyer said that sophomore running back Jeff Demps and senior return specialist Brandon James are currently "the two guys fighting" for the "Percy position," which is essentially the slot-receiver position.
"Right now that's what it looks like until Debose gets ready," Meyer said.
Meyer said that Demps is having trouble adjusting to the nuisances of the receiver position. "He can catch the ball," Meyer said. "It's just the elusiveness of being in man-to-man coverage. He doesn't have that right now. And we're tying to work on it but it's hard to do if you've never played receiver."