Harvin Declares For NFL Draft

Junior all-purpose player Percy Harvin announced on Thursday that he will enter the 2009 National Football League Draft and forego his final year of eligibility at the University of Florida.

"I will have a lot of great memories from my time at Florida, but the Championships we won in 2006 and 2008 will be at the top of my list," said Harvin. "When it is all said and done, I wanted to win. I wanted to be a part of championship teams. We did that at Florida and I had a great group of coaches, teammates and medical and strength staff that helped make that happen. I will always be a Gator and look forward to watching them play next year on Saturdays."

The versatile Percy Harvin averaged 108.7 all-purpose yards per game for the Gators and scored a team-high 17 touchdowns in 2008, 10 rushing and seven receiving. He scored a touchdown in each of the last 15 games he played, which is the longest streak in the nation. Harvin rushed for 660 yards on just 70 carries last season, averaging 9.4 yards per rush, the top average the country. He also led the receiving corps with 40 catches and totaled 644 receiving yards, averaging 16.1 yards per reception.

"Percy is the most dynamic player I've ever coached and can change the game on any given play," said head coach Urban Meyer. "He has the best first step I've ever seen and his ability to plant his foot and go is unmatched. Percy is a relentless competitor who wants to win. We wish him the best of luck and we look forward to having him around our program. He will always be a part of our Gator football family."

In the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game victory over Oklahoma, Harvin tallied 171 all-purpose yards, highlighted by a team-high 122 yards rushing on nine carries and also snagged five passes for 49 yards. His two-yard run late in the third quarter gave UF a 14-7 lead in the eventual 24-14 triumph and he ripped off a game-high 52-yard run on Florida's go-ahead drive. Harvin collected All-America recognition from the American Football Coaches Association and Walter Camp and was a first-team All-SEC pick at wide receiver.

Harvin finishes his career as one of the most prolific offensive threats in school history. He totaled 133 catches for 1,929 yards and 13 TDs, while rushing the ball 194 times for 1,852 yards with 19 TDs. His 32 career touchdowns is the most ever by a UF wide receiver. He averaged an astounding 9.5 yards per carry and averaged 11.6 yards ever time he touched the ball. He is the only player in UF history to rush for 100 yards and have 100 yards receiving in the same game (Vanderbilt, 2007). Harvin was the MVP of the 2006 Southeastern Conference Championship Game as a true freshman.

Courtesy UF Sports Information


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