Harvin upgraded to probable for national title game


Published: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 3:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 3:51 p.m.

Injured Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin continues to make progress on the practice field and now is listed as probable for the Jan. 8 BCS Championship Game, UF coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday.

"I think he's a little ahead of schedule," Meyer said after Tuesday's practice.

Harvin still hasn't practiced with the team, but he continues to do more things on the practice field.

"Percy ran today, caught passes today," Meyer said. "He did do some walk-throughs (with the team), and he probably had a good hour of running routes."

Harvin sustained a high ankle sprain in the Florida State game on Nov. 29. He has been undergoing extensive rehab, including remaining in Gainesville over the Christmas break to work with the trainers. He also will do more rehab today despite the fact the team has the day off.

"I'm not sure I've seen a guy do what he's done as far as commitment," Meyer said. "He said he's not going anywhere (today). He's as competitive a guy as I've ever been around, and it's showing up now.

"I think when Percy is healthy, he's the best player in college football. We're all hoping he'll be healthy (for the national title game)."

With chances appearing good that Harvin will play, the Gators should be in excellent health for the game.

Offensive guard Carl Johnson (knee) and wide receiver Louis Murphy (knee) were at full speed Tuesday. Tailback Kestahn Moore did not practice Tuesday, but Meyer said he should be 100 percent when the Gators start practicing in south Florida on Saturday. Moore underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after the season to repair torn cartilage. Meyer said the staff continues to limit offensive guard Jim Tartt, who has been plagued by a chronic shoulder injury all season. Meyer said tailback Chris Rainey (groin) is at full speed and ready to go.

In other news, Meyer said he does not know whether quarterback Tim Tebow has turned in paperwork to the NFL concerning his potential draft status.

"We'll visit that after the bowl game," Meyer said. "I don't want to speculate because that's not fair to a guy that I have as much respect for as anyone I've ever had. I love that his focus is on what it is, to win this game.

"A lot of times you'll hear people say, 'I'm going to make this decision after the game,' and the decision was made two months ago. There have been no decisions made (by Tebow)."

Also, Meyer said Tuesday that all of his players are academically eligible for the bowl game.

"They're all good," he said. "As a matter of fact, some guys did phenomenal. Our team GPA was 2.8 (for the fall semester). It didn't go up, but it was still pretty high. I was pleased with it."

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