UF outfielder won’t return

Florida's Tyler Thompson runs to make a catch in center field during the game against Florida State at McKethan Stadium on March 3, 2012.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.

Florida redshirt senior outfielder Tyler Thompson will not play this upcoming season, UF announced Wednesday.

Thompson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the SEC opener against Vanderbilt last March. It was the second time he had torn an ACL in his career.

Thompson is on track to graduate in May. An SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll selection in 2009, he finished with a career average of .280 in 154 games played (90 starts). Thompson scored 65 runs, totaled 64 RBI, drew 29 walks, recorded 13 stolen bases in 23 attempts and had 11 doubles, 10 homers and five triples as a Gator.

Florida opens its season with a three-game series against Duke beginning Feb. 15.

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