Marcell Harris’ 2017 season is over before it began.
The Florida redshirt senior safety, who was one of three players representing the Gators at the SEC Media Days, has been lost for the year with a torn right Achilles tendon he suffered Wednesday participating in 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 started in eight at safety. Overall in 2016, the Orlando, Fla. 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 has appeared in 37 games during his career at UF.