Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Harvin Should Return; If the Sophomore Is Healthy, the UF Receivers Will Be at Full Strength

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Harvin Should Return; If the Sophomore Is Healthy, the UF Receivers Will Be at Full Strength

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

It looks like Florida will have something against Florida State it hasn't had early September: a healthy group of receivers.

Percy Harvin is scheduled to return to practice today for the first time since Nov. 7, and if the sophomore has recovered from the illness that has caused him to miss the past two games, it will mark the first time since early September that the offense will be fully stocked.

"I'm hoping Percy gives us a full complement," UF coach Urban Meyer said Sunday. "I think we're going to need it.

"We're a pretty special group if we're all healthy and we're all on it."

Harvin, who was UF's leading receiver at the time his illness struck, missed the past two games because of what Meyer said was diagnosed as acute sinusitis and migraine headaches.

It took several rounds of tests to determine there was nothing else medically wrong with Harvin, and he tried several different medications before doctors were able to knock out the migraine, Meyer said.

"They did CAT scans; I believe they did an MRI," Meyer said. "They've done all kind of tests on him, and they were trying different medicines and they finally found the one that knocked the migraine out. I think they tried three or four different IV medicines, and they found the one that kind of made it at least bearable."

Harvin was on the sideline during UF's 59-20 rout of Florida Atlantic on Saturday, and Meyer said Harvin was working out on Sunday morning and would return to practice today. Meyer, though, isn't sure what to expect out of Harvin, who has 45 catches for 714 yards and three receiving touchdowns and 54 carries for 442 yards and four rushing touchdowns.

"I don't know," Meyer said. "I'll know more after [today's] practice."

UF's 59-31 victory over Troy on Sept. 8 was the last time quarterback Tim Tebow had Harvin, Andre Caldwell, Riley Cooper, Louis Murphy, Jarred Fayson and Cornelius Ingram at full speed. …

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