The Gators managed fine without Percy Harvin on the field against South Carolina on Saturday. But after missing the weekend trip because of migraines and a sinus infection, the sophomore wide receiver, who leads the Gators in receiving, isn't feeling any better.
"Percy didn't practice today," Urban Meyer
said after Tuesday's workout. "He came in today, and he's still having the same symptoms. They took him to the hospital and to a doctor to find something out. I'm not sure if it's migraine or sinus infection or something else. That's what they are trying to find out now."
It's still too early to tell whether Harvin will be ready for Florida
's matchup with Florida Atlantic
on Saturday, but Meyer is more concerned with his health than his playing status.
"I'm very concerned for Percy," he said. "He came in this morning. They put him through a workout and then everything flamed back up again. He looked good this morning and then had that same look."
Senior receiver Andre Caldwell
had a career day last Saturday in place of Harvin. His 11 receptions and 148 yards inched him closer to the Gators' record for all-time career receptions. Caldwell now has 164 receptions, which is just eight catches shy of Carlos Alvarez's record of 172 set back in 1972.
"That's great," Meyer said. "It's well deserved. This isn't some small school. Some of the finest receivers in college football have played here. I didn't know that was coming. Somebody just told me the other day. That's a great deal for him."
Caldwell has made a 180-degree turn since Meyer's first arrival at Florida.
"He didn't like to practice," Meyer said. "He was a guy that was kind of set in his ways, and boy did he improve. He's one of the best practice players we have now."
Meyer had to show Caldwell and the Gators some of his old practice film from Utah
in that first spring so they could see what he expected in practice.
"People at Florida thought this is the way it's done, so after a few weeks in the spring, I had enough," Meyer said. "I showed them the way it's supposed to look. These weren't five-stars running those routes, but this is the way it should be done. I saw his reaction. He's been a great improvement."
Meyer confirmed the rumors of running back Chevon Walker after practice. Said Meyer, "Chevy is going to transfer. He asked for his release so we gave it to him."
Safety Jamar Hornsby is also not practicing, but Meyer expects him to return to the team. Said Meyer, "He's at home taking care of some personal business. He should be back on Monday."
To help replace the loss of Walker, Meyer has moved Markus Manson back to tailback after moving to corner in the spring. Said Meyer, "He's looking good. He might play. … He's got a lot of experience. He's played some football for us. He just wasn't getting many carries. He got hurt, so he wasn't able to help us much at corner. It gives us instant depth at running back and he's a good person."
Offensive guard Maurkice Pouncey is still walking around in a boot on his left leg after suffering a high-ankle sprain against South Carolina. Said Meyer, "He didn't practice, but maybe tomorrow."
The running back situation is something Meyer hopes to get settled in the next two games. Said Meyer, "I still trust Kestahn [Moore]. He had a couple of bad games, but that's not who he is. He's a hard worker. The quarterback I trust with the ball, and the receivers do a good job. That's a big priority for our next two games."
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