Percy Harvin #18 WR
Height: 5-11 Weight: 184 Age: 27
Born: 5/28/1988 Chesapeake , VA
Experience: 8th season
High School: Landstown HS [Virginia Beach, VA]
Selected By: Minnesota Vikings
Pick (Overall): 22 (22)
Harvin was the consummate dual threat at wide receiver and running back for the Gators, amassing 1,929 receiving yards to go with 1,852 yards on the ground. In just 36 games at Florida, he proved to be a dangerous open-field threat, finding the end zone 32 times. His yards per rush average of 9.55 shattered the previous school career record of 6.4 yards by Elijah Williams (1994-97).
The 2006 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year was one of the main reasons Florida captured two national championships during his three seasons at the university. He quickly became the favorite target of 2007 Heisman Trophy QB Tim Tebow, as that tandem hooked up on 19 touchdown passes.
Harvin was regarded as the nation's top wide receiver prospect by Scout.com following his four-year career at Landstown High School. He was also listed as the nation's top recruit according to Rivals.com and Scout.com. He earned Parade All-American honors as a senior and was selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game after being named the 2004 National Junior of the Year by Rivals.com.
Harvin finished his prep career with 75 catches for 1,313 yards with 14 touchdowns, as he also rushed for 504 yards and 13 additional scores his senior season. He recorded a total of 33 touchdowns during his final campaign. He caught 58 passes for 1,016 yards (17.5 avg) and 17 touchdowns while rushing 68 times for 726 yards (10.7 avg) and 10 touchdowns as a junior, en route to helping lead Landstown to Group AAA state championship.
Named Offensive Player of the Year in the Beach District and Eastern Region in 2004, Harvin returned four punts for touchdowns as a junior. In addition to his exploits on the gridiron, he also served as captain of the basketball and excelled in track. He is the only athlete in Virginia history to claim five gold medals at the state track and field meet.
Harvin turned down scholarship offers from Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Southern California to enroll at Florida in 2006. He started five of the 13 games he played in, sitting out the Alabama clash after suffering a left ankle sprain vs. Tennessee. The Freshman All-American gained 427 yards with two scores on 34 receptions (12.6 avg) and ran 41 times for 428 yards (10.4 avg) and three touchdowns, averaging 65.77 all-purpose yards per game.
In 2007, Harvin started 10 of the 11 games he appeared in, sitting out vs. South Carolina and Florida Atlantic due to a sinus infection and migraine headaches. He was limited in fall camp by an Achilles tendon strain and left the Mississippi State clash with a hip pointer. Still, he amassed 1,622 all-purpose yards, grabbing 59 passes for 858 yards and four touchdowns. He rushed for 764 yards and six scores on 83 attempts. In the Vanderbilt game, he became the first player in school history to total 100 yards rushing (113) and 100 yards receiving (110) in the same contest.
Harvin earned All-American honors as a specialist in 2008. He started 11 games, sitting out the SEC title game due to a right ankle sprain that he suffered during a mid-season contest vs. Arkansas. He had missed spring and fall drills after undergoing April surgery to correct a right heel problem from his high school days. He would manage 644 yards and seven touchdowns on 40 receptions and 660 yards on 70 carries (9.4 avg) that produced 10 more scores.