The Florida Gators announced recently that one of their own, Marcell Harris, will be missing out this upcoming season due to an Achilles tendon injury that he had sustained during some team run activities.
Harris had been one of three players for the University of Florida at the SEC Media Days recently and there has been plenty of disappointment voiced over the upcoming absence of the senior star. Harris had shown great promise during the 2016 season where he played in all 13 games for the Gators. He racked up 73 tackles, 4 tackles-for-loss, and scored his first career touchdown on a fumbled punt.
Harris was right on track to be one of the better players this upcoming season for the Gators after he led the team with tackles in 2016. There was speculation to the dream duo that he would have made with fellow senior Nick Washington on the back line for the Gator’s secondary lineup.
With the non-existence of Harris on this year’s team, there’s a lot of changes that might be throwing the players for a loop. Chauncey Gardner, a sophomore who played at safety, will likely stay at his position at safety despite his spring workout routine as a cornerback.
There’s a lot of hope for Marcell Harris but some are saying that his chances for an extended collegiate career have been waived due to this injury. If Harris wanted to apply for another year of eligibility, his sixth in fact, he could do so but seeing as he redshirted in 2013 for no apparent medical reason he might not get the chance.
The Gators coach, Jim McElwain, stated that he and the team are doing their best to support the young player in his attempts to heal and possibly return to the game in 6 months. The chances of this are slim but we are hoping for the best in Marcell’s case.