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Florida Gators playmaker Percy Harvin's ankle sprain puts his status for SEC title game in doubt

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's 30-point victory over rival Florida State may have cost the Gators a lot more than they wanted to pay: the potential loss of star WR/RB Percy Harvin, and sophomore DT Brandon Antwine.

Harvin, who leads the SEC in scoring touchdowns and overall scoring, sprained his right ankle with 6:44 left in the second quarter, and his status for this week's SEC championship game against Alabama is unknown.

The junior, who missed most of the preseason recovering from surgery on his right heel, scored on a 9-yard run in the first quarter — extending his streak of at least one touchdown in 14 straight games.

Harvin left the locker room with a boot on his right foot, and on crutches.

"I have no idea (if they'll have Harvin), we'll have to wait and see," offensive coordinator Dan Mullen said. "The thing with a guy like Percy Harvin, who has played an awful lot of football and is a great football player, he's not going to have to practice to be able to do what we want him to do this week, so he'll be able to get treatment, get healthy and we should still be in good shape. If he can go, you know he's going to go."

Antwine suffered a knee injury, and he will be re-evaluated today.

Florida QB Tim Tebow, who scored on a 4-yard run two plays after Harvin's injury, said his mind-set changed after that because of FSU fans' behavior.

"Only because of what their fans did when Percy got hurt," Tebow said. "I think that was one of the first times I've seen practically the whole stadium cheer when Percy got hurt. I was a little irritated at that, and I didn't think that showed very good sportsmanship. So that kind of irritated me. And I really told Coach to just give me the ball, because I really wanted to hit somebody extremely hard on the next play. I was a little shocked. Yeah, it's a rivalry, but we're still playing a game here, and we're still having fun. So when a guy gets hurt, and you cheer, there's never anything right about that."

EMOTIONAL VICTORY: It was an emotional day for twin brothers Mike and Maurkice Pouncey. The offensive linemen spent part of the week at the bedside of their stepfather after an accident at his job at a Lakeland feed mill Monday cost him his right leg. But at Rob Webster's request — make that order — both were in the starting lineup Saturday.

"It was sad," Mike Pouncey said. "I didn't get to talk to him the first day because they had him knocked out on pain medicine. The next day, he woke up and he said he wanted us to live the dream that he always wanted to have. So we're going out and playing our best so we can make it for him."

Pouncey said Webster is "trying his best" to be able to attend Saturday's game in Atlanta.

WEATHER WORRIES: With a downpour soaking the field before the game and through warmups, the UF coaching staff was concerned about how the weather would affect their game plan.

"I know a big part of our game is speed," coach Urban Meyer said, "and I sat out there and just stared at that field as it started getting about 2 to 3 inches deep of water."

"I didn't mind it too much," Tebow said. "Playing in the rain, it brings out more of a physical presence of the game, and more of a toughness factor."

Florida Gators playmaker Percy Harvin's ankle sprain puts his status for SEC title game in doubt 11/29/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 5, 2008 8:17pm]
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