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Wednesday December 19, 2012 After a quiet season, Pease pleased at way Debose is practicing heading into Sugar Bowl

Updated: 11:37am, December 19

Andre Debose

Gators receiver Andre Debose has had a quiet season but could be factor in Sugar Bowl.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- You can still watch the moment Andre Debose pulled on the Florida cap nearly four years ago on YouTube.

There is a young-looking Debose in the stands at the Citrus Bowl, surrounded by family and friends as he verbally committed to the Gators on national TV.

“You’re looking at the next Percy Harvin” is the first post beneath the video by someone named UFfan85.

Few Gators since that day have been analyzed and scrutinized as much as Debose, who is about to close out his redshirt junior season at UF.

Debose is electrifying when he gets the ball in open space. He has the speed of an Olympic track athlete. However, concerns about his route running and practice habits and injuries have plagued Debose under former coach Urban Meyer and current coach Will Muschamp.

Debose was Gator Bowl MVP against Ohio State, setting the stage for what many expected to be a breakout season in 2012.

Instead, Debose has been a non-factor on offense.

Debose remains a dangerous kickoff returner – his 60-yard return at Vanderbilt was a huge momentum shifter for the Gators – but in the first year under offensive coordinator Brent Pease, Debose has been quiet. Very quiet.

His season totals: two catches for 11 yards, two rushes for one yard.

Debose has looked good in bowl practices according to Pease and quarterback Jeff Driskel.

If Debose keeps it up, he could easily surpass his season totals in the Sugar Bowl. Who knows? Maybe challenge for bowl MVP.

“He’s had really good practices. I think he’s healthy. I think he’s working hard. I think his attitude is right. He’s done some good things,’’ Pease said. “We’ll try to get him involved in some things. He’s kind of refocused and hopefully he’s a guy who continues doing what he’s doing and you see him out there doing some things.

“He understands that if the play’s not for him, I’m going to work hard at blocking. If it’s for me, this is how I’m going to get it to get it executed. Because it’s not [only] about him; it’s about him and the 10 other guys out there.”

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