Expounding on the Percy Position

May, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Florida coach Urban Meyer shed a little light on one of the most asked questions facing the Gators while speaking at a booster club function Wednesday in Jacksonville.

 
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  Percy Harvin scored 17 touchdowns last season.

Who's going to take over at the Percy Position?

Translated: Somebody who can do what Percy Harvin did and be a part-time receiver and part-time running back ... and score lots of touchdowns.

The truth is that there aren't many of those guys on the planet, guys tough enough to take the pounding at running back in the SEC and fast enough and skilled enough to run pass routes.

As it stands now, Meyer said Jeffery Demps, Brandon James and incoming freshman Andre Debose are the three players who will work at both spots in the preseason. Meyer said Chris Rainey would stick at tailback along with Emmanuel Moody.

The Percy Position was created for Harvin and something Meyer didn't do at Utah or Bowling Green. It will be interesting to see if anybody else can come close to being as effective as Harvin was at Florida playing both positions.

We're talking about a guy who scored a touchdown in the last 15 games in which he played in at Florida. In other words, when he was in the lineup, you could count on him finding the end zone at least once a game. There's no substitute for that kind of production.

Debose was plenty electrifying in high school, and Meyer can't wait to get a look at him in Florida's offense. Demps is perhaps the fastest player in the country and showed a lot of toughness last season. James is one of the best return specialists in the country with four career punt returns for touchdowns.

Among the three, they will provide their share of fireworks. But there's only one Percy.

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