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Florida received some disheartening news on Tuesday when head coach Dan Mullen announced that CJ McWilliams would miss the entirety of the 2019 season.

“He is going to be out for the year with a torn Achilles. He ruptured his Achilles, so he’s going to be out for the year. That’s a tough one,”said Mullen. “Non-contact injury. That’s a shame… It was early in practice, planted and drove and felt the pop, it’s a shame.”

McWilliams is the second Gators defender to be sidelined by an Achilles injury this season. It was earlier announced that sophomore linebacker David Reese suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and would be out for the season.

The loss of McWilliams is a significant blow to a Gators secondary that needs depth. This is the second time that the young safety will miss a season due to injury. McWilliams sat out the 2016 season after tearing his ACL.

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