Notebook: Harvin to have heel surgery

Published: Friday, April 4, 2008 at 11:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 4, 2008 at 11:45 p.m.

It's official for Percy Harvin now. The Florida wide receiver will undergo surgery Monday on his bothersome heel.

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Florida receiver Percy Harvin will travel to North Carolina for heel surgery.

Rob C. Witzel/The Gainesville Sun

UF coach Urban Meyer said Friday the surgery is considered minor and will be performed in North Carolina by a foot specialist, Dr. Bob Anderson.

"It's not like a career-threatening surgery," Meyer said. "It's a very minor surgery, probably an eight-week recovery and he'll be full speed for the offseason.

"They're saying in June he should be able to be getting cranked up for July.

Harvin stopped practicing last week when the pain in his heel spread to his knee. He has been at practice every day in shorts.

Wilson a happy Gator

Redshirt freshman offensive lineman James Wilson's plans to transfer changed the first day he practiced with his teammates this spring, he said. Wilson confirmed Friday that he is staying at Florida and is happy to be a Gator.

"I feel great," he said. "I've got a home in the Gator Nation now. It feels good."

Wilson, who was sidelined by a series of injuries his first six months in Gainesville, said he decided he no longer wanted to transfer to Wake Forest after he finally got a chance to practice with his teammates for the first time three weeks ago.

"It was just really getting out on the field and being around the guys," he said. "Six months off is a long time. I got really depressed and didn't feel like I was part of anything.

"Once I stepped back on the field, everyone welcomed me back with open arms. We have great guys on our team, but I wasn't doing much with them. I'd go lift by myself or with (injured offensive tackle) Phil Trautwein. I feel great now. I'm having a great time and have a chance to play a lot this season."

When Wilson approached Meyer last month about receiving his release, Meyer denied his request, telling him to participate in the spring and then make a decision.

"I was real upset at first," Wilson said. "I was like, 'When is this going to end, when am I going to be happy?' I'm glad he didn't (give me my release). He knows what he's doing. My mom thanked him and everything."

Wilson said he received some good advice from senior offensive guard Jim Tartt, who also almost transferred early in his career.

"Jim Tartt told me he had a really tough time," Wilson said. "He said, 'James, you're going to be fine, you need to stick it out.' "

Patchan a player

Meyer said true freshman Matt Patchan has performed so well since moving from offensive tackle to defensive end that he's going to play this season.

"I don't know if it's at defensive end or on the offensive line, but he's going to play," Meyer said. "To think he's doing what he's doing and has not had an offseason because he's been hurt tells you what kind of player he is. I'm really impressed with him."

Demps burns up track

While the Gators were practicing Friday, signee Jeff Demps was performing next door at the UF track. And what a performance it was. He ran the 100 meters in 10.17 seconds at the Florida Relays.

"The word trickled through our practice field," Meyer said. "Someone said that was the third-fastest in the world, or something like that.

"I made a couple of comments to people that I know how to coach guys that run 10.17. If I don't, I'll figure that out real fast."

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