Gators' Debose goes from big hopes to big letdown

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- It no doubt wasn't fair for former Florida coach Urban Meyer to compare receiver Andre Debose to Percy Harvin before he even stepped on campus.

Harvin was one of the top playmakers in school history. He turned short passes into huge gains, made defenders look silly with open-field moves and probably would have been a Heisman Trophy contender had he not shared the spotlight with all-everything quarterback Tim Tebow.

Debose was supposed to fill the void created when Harvin left school early for the NFL in 2009.

Instead, the fourth-year junior has been mostly a disappointment. And he has seemingly taken a step back this season.

Debose doesn't have a catch for the 11th-ranked Gators, who are off this weekend. And it doesn't sound as if he's close to turning things around.