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Marcell Harris out for season with torn Achilles tendon

Marcell Harris. AP Photo.

GAINESVILLE -- Just one week after representing Florida at SEC Media Days, safety Marcell Harris' season is over.

Harris will miss the 2017 season with a torn Achilles tendon, the University of Florida announced Thursday morning. The redshirt senior suffered the injury during Wednesday's team-run activities.

"As a coach this is one of the hardest things you are faced with," head coach Jim 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."

Harris played in all 13 games last season and made eight starts. He totaled a team-leading 73 tackles, four tackles-for-loss, one sack, two interceptions, one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a special teams touchdown.

The Orlando, Fla. native would have been a veteran presence for a defense that lost eight starters to the 2016 NFL Draft, including safety Marcus Maye and cornerbacks Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson.

With Harris on the sidelines, senior Nick Washington and sophomore Chauncey Gardner, Jr. are expected to be UF's top safeties. Sophomore Jaewon Taylor is likely to receive a bigger role on the defense as well.

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