GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer announced on Tuesday that freshman receiver Andre Debose will undergo surgery to repair a hamstring injury and will miss the entire 2009 season.
According to Meyer, Debose partially tore a hamstring tendon in May while running track for his high school. Debose was the nation's No.2-rated high school receiver in 2008, according to Rivals.com. His touchdown catch in the large-school football state championship game helped defeat Miami Northwestern.
Meyer raved about Debose on National Signing Day in February. This is the third straight year that one of the Gators' top recruits hasn't been able to contribute as a freshman. In 2006, defensive tackles Torrey Davis and John Brown were held out. In 2007, defensive tackle Omar Hunter missed most of his freshman season with an injury.