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Florida Gators offensive star Harvin upgraded to probable for BCS title game

GAINESVILLE — Junior WR/RB Percy Harvin has been upgraded to probable for the BCS title game against Oklahoma on Jan. 8.

Harvin suffered a high ankle sprain in the Nov. 29 game at Florida State and was unable to play in the SEC Championship Game. He has not practiced with the team since the FSU game.

"Percy ran today and caught passes," coach Urban Meyer said after Tuesday's practice. "He did not practice with the team, but he was on his own. He did do a walk-through and then probably a good hour of running routes."

Harvin has 595 receiving yards in 11 games and is also the team's fourth-leading rusher with 538 yards. He needs five receptions to join the top 10 on the school's career chart. WR Taylor Jacobs (1999-2002) holds the No. 10 spot with 133 receptions.

Harvin remained in town rather than return to Virginia Beach during the Christmas break to put in extra work with the training staff in an effort to be able to play in the title game.

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

OTHER INJURIES: OL Carl Johnson (knee) and WR Louis Murphy (knee/cartilage) practiced. RB Kestahn Moore (meniscus surgery) did not practice but is expected to be ready by the time the team arrives in Miami on Friday.

DIFFERENT, BUT THE SAME: Steve Addazio, the OL coach turned offensive coordinator, said the only thing changing for the Gators is the coach carrying the title. Addazio replaces Dan Mullen, who has taken the head job at Mississippi State. Mullen returned to practice and will be with the team for the national championship game.

"I just want to reiterate that this has been a team effort all along and it's going to stay a team effort," Addazio said. "I think what you're going to see is the offense at Florida staying the offense at Florida."

Florida Gators offensive star Harvin upgraded to probable for BCS title game 12/30/08 [Last modified: Thursday, January 1, 2009 11:26pm]
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