Once upon a time, a kid hailed as the next Percy Harvin committed to play for Urban Meyer at Florida. UF would lose a lot of players from the 2008 team, but with Debose coming in 2009, the Gators figured to be OK in the skill position department. He was that promising.
But those expectations never materialized. Between injuries, two inadequate coaches (Steve Addazio and Will Muschamp) and some personal problems, Debose’s career never quite took flight the way it was expected to. He did, however, tease Florida fans with reminders of why he was so highly sought after in the first place every now and then. And so he leaves Florida having provided legitimate proof of how talented he is, but also the unquenchable desire to find out just how good he could have been with competent coaches and without injuries.
Here’s one last look at the good things he did at Florida. Oh, what could have been.