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Antonya English

Report: Harvin failed drug test confirmed

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April

HARVIN Percy Harvin is one of two wide receivers who tested positive for marijuana at the February NFL combine in Indianapolis, according to FOXSports.com, which says the story was confirmed by two sources. North Carolina's Brandon Tate is the other receiver, according to the report.

The rumors of Harvin's alleged failed drug test have been circulating for weeks, but his agent, Joel Segal has not returned phone calls or publicly spoken on the matter. Harvin also has not returned calls. 

Florida coach Urban Meyer said earlier this month he would be "surprised'' if the allegations were true.

Harvin was once a projected mid-first round pick on most mock NFL Draft boards, but his stock has dropped considerably, most notably since the drug rumors began.

"He’s a heck of a player,'' ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. said during a conference call last week. "Obviously he’s falling, to the point where he could be a late first round pick. A couple of weeks ago I had him going to Tennessee with the 30th pick; at one point I had him going to the Jets at 17.''

Harvin arrived at UF with a less than stellar reputation out of high school in Virginia, where he was an embattled three-sport star at Landstown High. He was suspended from football, track and basketball at various times for unsporstmanlike behavior, including cursing an official and fighting.

But in three years at Florida, Harvin managed to stay out of legal trouble and was never sanctioned by UF, the NCAA or the SEC for any unsportsmanlike behavior.

Meyer continues to be supportive of his former star player, saying he has gone to bat for Harvin with every NFL team that has contacted him.

 "I have,'' he said. "Not through the media, but if I get phone calls, which I have gotten some phone calls about him. And all I know is what I know. And I share that with them.''

Meyer has declined to talk specifically about the failed drug test allegations, but said he supports Harvin and that his talent and what he's accomplished on the field speaks for itself for any NFL team considering drafting him.

"We won two national championships and 44 games, most in the SEC during that time period, and some of the greatest years in the history of Florida football,'' Meyer said. "And I was on the sidelines (during that time) with a guy that I know exactly the competitive nature that we're dealing with. Percy is an extreme competitor.''

Harvin, who will turn 21 in May, averaged 11.6 yards per touch in his three years at Florida, rushing for 1,852 yards and 19 touchdowns (9.5 per carry) and catching 133 passes for 1,929 yards and 13 touchdowns (14.5 per catch).

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:54pm]

    

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