NCF Nation: Jordan White-Frisbee
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."
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Happy College Football Eve!
- Judge rules for California: Is the Memorial Stadium showdown coming to a close? Hopefully the Tree Sitters will find a new valuable cause -- like maybe helping a human being.
- "Six or seven" true freshmen will make their Arizona debuts against Idaho. Good news for the punt team: All-Pac-10 pick Keenyn Crier is back after missing much of camp.
- An Arizona State walk-on may win a starting job at CB opposite Omar Bolden, who, by the way, wants to return kicks. Ryan McFoy adds speed to the Sun Devils LB corps. Here's a look at Northern Arizona.
- California coach Jeff Tedford praises how QB Nate Longshore has handled not winning the starting job as a senior. The Bears speak, and Tedford probably is there to listen because he's taking a more active role. Noting Tedford's press conference.
- Oregon's new backup QB, Jeremiah Masoli, will play against Washington, coming in as a counter-punch for starter Justin Roper. Story also updates the depth chart winners, including Spencer Paysinger at weakside LB. Making Bacon at inside LB. Expect the Ducks to try to run against the Huskies, considering they piled up a school-record 465 yards on the ground a year ago. Oregon notes include a suspended WR, and is touted JC DT Justin Thompson really on his way to Eugene?
- Your complete guide to Oregon State football, courtesy of The Oregonian. How about this rooting dilemma -- Booooo Dad! Got a feeling these Rodgers Brothers are going to be fun to watch. Beavers need a fast start to make a statement. Some further thoughts.
- Stanford is optimistic, but the injury bug has caught on of late. LB Clinton Snyder talks about the Cardinal D, and here's something on OL chemistry.
- The Rose Bowl will not be full Monday night, with only 65,000 expected for the UCLA-Tennessee tilt. More on the UCLA advertisement that touted the end of the LA football monopoly. What about this version? Can't we just realize that Neuheisel-Carroll is going to be fun? About that O-line. How the Bruins can beat Tennessee. Or is Neuheisel's optimism giving way to harsh reality? Vols coach Phil Fulmer on the UCLA game.
- USC QB Mark Sanchez struggles a bit in practice but then is cleared to play at Virginia. Aaron Corp has won the backup job over Mitch Mustain -- for now. It's national championship or bust, according to some.
- The Seattle Times looks at all things Washington. Nice story here about the return of Jordan White-
Frisbee, now an offensive guard. The Huskies are young in many spots, so why not at kick returner? Wonder what Jake Locker 2.0 will look like. No cupcakes on UW schedule.
- More on the departures of DT Andy Roof and OL Dan Rowlands at Washington State, the latter by choice, the former, not. Not a great day for the Cougars.
- Half-empty or half-full? Only one Pac-10 QB -- Washington State's Gary Rogers -- will be making his first start this week, and Rogers is a fifth-year senior who's seen significant action. On the other hand, only four have started seven or more games.
- There's a lot of money in college football. Dan Raley's first batch of Pac-10 notes. The Oregonian looks at the Pac-10. As does the LA Times.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
My assumption is your tailgate blueprints have been finalized as well as all the pie charts, spreadsheets and PowerPoint demonstrations. If not: For shame.
- At Arizona, it was recognition day -- starting to work against Idaho's offense and defense. Greg Hansen: If you win it they will come. Nic Grigsby is the starter at TB, but there's more quality depth than in the past.
- Arizona State's first offense looked pretty good in its final scrimmage Thursday. Said QB Rudy Carpenter to the Arizona Republic of the suspect OL: "The offensive line did an awesome job tonight. They've been doing a great job all camp. If they continue to do that, I think we can be pretty good." Bad news is the WR Chris McGaha is still sitting out with a toe injury. The defense benefits from the return of DT Saia Falahola, who appears to have won a starting job. East Valley Tribune list of freshmen who likely will play: wide receiver Gerell Robinson, running back Ryan Bass, guard Zach Schlink, defensive end Lawrence Guy, linebackers Shelly Lyons and Brandon Magee, cornerback Josh Jordan, safety Clint Floyd. Oh, and the Sun Devils expect to eclipse 50,000 season ticket sales, the most in at least two decades.
- California coach Jeff Tedford picked sophomore Kevin Riley as the Bears starting QB over senior Nate Longshore. Riley started slowly but surged late. Also, note at the bottom says that "walk-on freshman David Seawright had won the kicking job over senior Jordan Kay." Some perspective on the QB decision from Jon Wilner and Jonathan Okanes. List of other freshmen and newcomers who could play from SF Chronicle: receivers Verran Tucker and Marvin Jones, defensive tackle Kendrick Payne, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, tight end Anthony Miller and safety Bryant Nnabuife and likely DBs Marc Anthony and Josh Hill.
- The extent of Oregon QB Nate Costa's new knee injury is unknown and it will likely not be until late Sunday or Monday before everything clears up because the team orthopedic surgeon -- who repaired the same knee last fall -- is out of town.
- My guess is this will fire up Oregon State fans: Hit this link and click the bottom left image for the Beavers intro video (thanks to Building the Dam).
- The Bootleg has set up a nice Game Day site for the Stanford-Oregon State game that gets things rolling next Thursday.
- The UCLA defense will not have to carry the offense. Hmm. We shall see. It appears OLB John Hale has held off a challenge from touted freshman Akeem Ayers. More info on UCLA frosh who will not redshirt. One of those is safety Rahim Moore. And attention now turns to a mysterious Tennessee team.
- USC's final scrimmage was "efficient" -- neither QB Aaron Corp nor Mitch Mustain committed a turnover and no one got hurt. It also appears that Corp and Mustain were competing for the backup role and that Mark Sanchez, two weeks after dislocating his knee cap, will be full-go for Virginia preparations on Monday. Corp may have an edge as the backup. More than a few folks have wondered: What about unheralded QB Garrett Green, who's played consistently well. More scrimmage standouts -- note that Mustain played well, so this whole backup QB decision is going to be close. An injury update -- and get this -- it's good news. And a big-picture look as the Trojans turn their attention to game prep.
- Interesting story on Sanchez and his embrace of his Mexican heritage and how that seems to bother some folks.
- Whatever happened to Washington's Jordan White-Frisbee? He may end up being a key piece on the Huskies O-line. Lots of depth-chart questions remain for the Huskies, but that's probably by design. Molly Yanity is guessing that freshman Chris Polk might prevail at TB. More on All-Pac-10 center Juan Garcia, who's recovery from a severe foot injury.
- No question who Washington State's best player is: WR Brandon Gibson. But the Cougars breakout player may be DE Kevin Kooyman.