Spikes to return for senior season; Percy Harvin headed for NFL
LB Brandon Spikes has officially announced he will return for his senior season, while WR/RB Percy Harvin followed the path most expected: he is leaving for the NFL.
"I'm excited to hear that Brandon is coming back," said head coach Urban Meyer. "At the end of the day, I want our players to make educated decisions about their future. Brandon has obviously done that. He was the heart and soul of our defense this year. He was the quarterback of our defense and set the tone in many of our victories."
Spikes' decision means the Gators will return their entire starting lineup on defense.
Harvin, who spent much of his career battling injuries, is projected to be a late first-round pick. He averaged 108.7 all-purpose yards per game for the Gators and scored a team-high 17 touchdowns in 2008, 10 rushing and seven receiving. He scored a touchdown in each of the last 15 games he played, which is the longest streak in the nation.
"I will have a lot of great memories from my time at Florida, but the championships we won in 2006 and 2008 will be at the top of my list," Harvin said in a statement.