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WR fine, RB iffy for title game

Freshman receiver Percy Harvin's status is much improved after a neck injury Saturday against FSU that led to his being carried off on a stretcher, but the Gators may be without their senior starting running back when they play Arkansas in Saturday's SEC Championship Game.

"All reports are positive," coach Urban Meyer said of Harvin on Sunday afternoon. "He should be ready to go for Saturday."

Meyer said DeShawn Wynn's right shoulder, which Wynn said "popped out" during the game, is more serious than initially believed.

"It's a little more concern," Meyer said. "He's been battling that basically the entire year. I'll know (today), but it's a significant injury and anytime he gets contact on that shoulder there's a problem."

Offensive tackles Jim Tartt and Drew Miller have sprained ankles.

"I think he (DeShawn) is questionable for the game," Meyer said. "I think the other guys (Miller, Tartt) are probable. They will play."

Wynn said after the game that he would do everything in his power to be ready to play.

"This is our senior year, this is what we've been working so hard for," he said. "I'll find a way to be ready. I have to."

HETLAND OUT ... MAYBE: Senior Chris Hetland may have lost his starting job after missing two field goals Saturday. He is 3-of-12 this season.

"He's not our kicker as of now. But he's going to compete and try to win that job back. I think that falls on (him) to get those two field goals, they were not long field goals,'' Meyer said of the 38- and 35-yarders in the first half. "And then you're up by two or three scores, it's 20-0 instead of 14-0 and that's a big difference."

Meyer said he'll hold tryouts this week, something he has done "six or seven weeks in a row." Hetland's ongoing problems this season could be mechanical and mental, Meyer said.

"We changed our holder this year, and that's all part of the mechanics of kicking the ball," he said. "Last year he was very effective for us. He's only been a kicker for us, last year was his first year as a walk-on and we put him on scholarship and he did very well. He's hitting the ball solid, I watched him this morning. He missed two kicks (against FSU) and they were very close, he hit them well, he just missed them. We're working on it."

ETC: Senior cornerback Ryan Smith had his team-leading seventh interception, moving him into a tie for second all time on the school's single-season list. ... Receiver Andre Caldwell had a career-high 124 yards receiving and matched a personal best with eight receptions. ... Eric Wilbur's 64-yard punt in the third quarter was the longest of the season and longest since his freshman year, a 66-yarder against LSU in 2003.

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