Notebook: Harvin practices for first time

Percy Harvin and the Gators trounce FSU.

(DOUG FINGER/The Gainesville Sun)
Published: Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 12:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 12:38 p.m.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin practiced for the first time in the preseason Saturday, and there's a chance he could play in Saturday's opener against Hawaii, Florida coach Urban Meyer said.

"He didn't go the whole way, but he practiced," Meyer said. "There's a chance."

Before Saturday, Harvin had been limited to conditioning work while still rehabbing his surgically repaired heel. His status for Saturday's game will be determined during practice this week.

Quarterback Tim Tebow said it was good to have Harvin back, and that the junior looked even quicker than usual.

"Everyone else has been practicing all camp and they've got heavy legs," Tebow said. "Percy was fresh, so he really looked fast out there today."

Little to say about Fay

Fay did little to interrupt Florida's flow the past few days.

The Gators managed to get in a two-and-a-half hour scrimmage on Friday, then practiced again Saturday. UF did not practice Thursday, but Meyer had said earlier in the week that his team was ahead of schedule and could afford to miss a day.

Meyer said he quickly got his players together for Friday's practice when there was a break in the weather.

"We had guys in the weight room and in the training room," he said. "We got out there had a great practice."

Lots of captains

UF's five seniors on offense, one on defense and one on special teams are among the 11 players named as captains for the season by Meyer on Saturday.

The senior captains are defensive tackle Javier Estopinan, tight end Cornelius Ingram, tailback Kestahn Moore, wide receiver Louis Murphy, long-snapper James Smith, offensive guard Jim Tartt, offensive tackle Jason Watkins and offensive tackle Phil Trautwein.

Florida's other captains are Tebow, a junior, and junior linebackers Brandon Spikes and Ryan Stamper.

The captains for each game will be determined on a weekly basis.

This and that

Meyer said Murphy, Riley Cooper and junior college transfer Carl Moore have separated themselves from the pack at wide receiver. ... Senior Jonathan Phillips and true freshman Caleb Sturgis will carry their battle for the field-goal kicking job into game week. Meyer said Phillips is slightly ahead of Sturgis at this point, but he's not ready to name a starter yet. ... Meyer does know who his top two safeties are Major Wright at free and sophomore Ahmad Black at strong. "Will Hill is our No. 3 safety right now and he plays like it. Sometimes he doesn't. He's a very talented guy."

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