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Monday, September 15, 2008
Healthy Harvin ready to cut it loose


Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

What percentage we've truly seen Florida's Percy Harvin at this season is anybody's guess.

 
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 Percy Harvin is looking to be more involved in the offense on Saturday.

He didn't play at all in the opener against Hawaii and was used in spots two weeks ago against Miami, although he looked good when he did get the ball.

Given an extra week to rest his heel, Harvin got some news heading into this Saturday's Tennessee game that ought to warm the hearts of Florida fans and possibly put the Tennessee defenders on alert.

Florida coach Urban Meyer told Harvin simply, "I'm ready to cut you loose."

Harvin says he feels better and stronger than he has in some time. He underwent surgery in April on his right heel. Doctors went in and shaved off some excess bone on his heel, hoping to eliminate soreness that had plagued Harvin since high school.

His recovery took a little longer than anyone anticipated, and he missed just about the entire preseason.

But now, he says he's finally healthy.

"I felt great, the few touches I did get [against Miami]," said Harvin, who ran the ball five times for 27 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown, and caught one pass for 12 yards. "I felt really good and after that game, and going into last week's practice, we had a really good practice week. I'm feeling strong and fast. I think it worked out for the best."

Harvin said the last time he remembers not playing with pain was the 10th grade. He said the worst part was the way it affected other parts of his body.

"I guess to describe it was like somebody stabbing you in the back of the foot," Harvin said. "It got to a point where I couldn't bend, so sometimes in the weight room I couldn't squat all the way down. It was causing bad tendinitis in my knees, and my hips were going crazy because I was overplanting on my other foot."

How much better can he be at 100 percent?

"I'm assuming a whole lot better," Harvin said. "I think just being stronger and feeling stronger out there running my routes ... I think I should be pretty good."