Jaydon Hill was hoping to secure a starting spot on the Florida defense this season. Instead, he won’t be playing in 2021.

Gators head coach Dan Mullen announced while speaking to the media on Thursday that Hill has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the 2021 season. Mullen said it was a non-contact injury and that it’s not the same ACL that Hill tore when he was in high school.

Hill was entering his junior year at Florida after contributing the past two seasons. In 2019, he had 11 tackles and three pass deflections in 10 games. Then, he recorded 14 tackles and seven pass deflections in 12 games last season, which included five starts. But he was poised for much bigger things in 2021.

Now, Florida will have to decide who will start at cornerback on the opposite side of junior Kaiir Elam. The Gators have two transfers (Jadarrius Perkins and Elijah Blades) who could potentially compete for that role, along with some other young players on their roster.

Hill had torn his other ACL when he was a senior at Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala. He was a 4-star prospect (per 247Sports Composite) at the time who ended up becoming part of Florida’s 2019 recruiting class.