UF’s Harris to miss 2017 season with torn Achilles tendon

Marcel Harris injury
Florida senior safety Marcell Harris will miss the 2017 season because of a leg injury. [Gary Cosby Jr/GateHouse Media Services]

Florida redshirt senior safety Marcell Harris, who was voted to the Preseason All-SEC third team last week, is out for the 2017 season with a torn right Achilles tendon he suffered Wednesday participating in team run activities, the school announced.
“As a coach this is one of the hardest things you are faced with,” UF coach Jim McElwain said in a UF news release. “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 started in eight at safety. Overall in 2016, the Orlando native totaled 73 tackles, four tackles-for-loss, one sack, two interceptions, one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
In addition, he scored the first touchdown of his career on special teams at FSU on a fumbled punt.
Harris, one of four returning defensive starters, has appeared in 37 games during his career at UF. He could seek a sixth year of eligibility by applying for medical hardship waiver.
Florida’s depth chart at safety has Nick Washington, Jeawon Taylor, Quincy Lenton, Brian Edwards and Donovan Stiner. Sophomore cornerback Chauncey Gardner Jr., the MVP of the Outback Bowl, can also play the position.