Harvey decides to go pro
Published: Friday, January 4, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 4, 2008 at 12:08 a.m.
Junior defensive end Derrick Harvey is foregoing his senior season at Florida to enter this spring's NFL draft.
"Derrick has informed the coaching staff of his decision to enter the NFL draft," UF coach Urban Meyer said in a statement released by UF on Thursday. "We appreciate his effort and dedication to the Gator program and we wish him the best of luck."
Harvey's roommate, junior tight end Cornelius Ingram, also is considering an early jump to the NFL. Meyer met with Ingram on Thursday, but Ingram still has not made his decision.
Some draft analysts are predicting Harvey could be a first-round pick in the draft.
As a redshirt sophomore last season, Harvey was named the defensive MVP of the BCS national championship game after recording a career-high three sacks and recovering a fumble in UF's 41-14 victory over Ohio State. As a third-year player, Harvey could have entered the draft after the title game, but elected to return for his junior season.
This season, Harvey became a full-time starter and recorded 6.5 sacks and 34 tackles. He finishes his career with 18.5 sacks and 76 tackles. As a sophomore, the 6-4, 262-pound Harvey recorded 11 sacks and 35 tackles despite starting only four games.
With so much inexperience on this year's defensive front, especially at the tackle positions, opposing offensive fronts focused on Harvey and often double-teamed him.
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