When you think of Heisman candidates for the Florida Gators, the name that naturally comes to mind is quarterback Tim Tebow. Granted, Tebow is the defending Heisman Trophy winner and an absolute athletic freak.
However, where's the respect for Tebow's primary passing target—Percy Harvin?
Harvin came out of high school in Virginia Beach, Va., as one of the most talented high school football players in the country. Harvin highlighted Florida coach Urban Meyer's heralded 2006 recruiting class that included Gator stars Tebow and kick returner Brandon James.
His freshman year, Harvin exploded onto the scene for Florida football and did not disappoint. He was absolutely lethal on reverse plays, counters, and bubble screens.
Harvin providing key runs in clutch situations, including rushing touchdowns against Arkansas in the SEC Championship Game and Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game.
Harvin continued to produce for the 2006 BCS Champions in 2007, despite injury limitations. He doubled his touchdown total (five to 10) and nearly doubled his total yardage (855 to 1,622).
However, Harvin's good season was overshadowed by Tim Tebow's exploits and deservedly so. Tebow provided much of the offense, through the air and on the ground, due to Florida's lack of a true running back.
Harvin, did, however, help carry the rushing load. He amassed 764 rushing yards and six touchdowns for the 9-4 Gators.
Harvin's Heisman candidacy may have improved with the arrival of USC running back Emmanuel Moody and the emergence of freshman tailback Chris Rainey during spring practice.
The dependable running game should allow Tebow to throw more often in the Florida's 2008 campaign.
And who will be on the receiving end of many of Tebow's throws? None other than the 2007 Heisman winner's favorite target: Percy Harvin.
Harvin is ready for the opportunity to catch more passes and is looking to improve on his 1,285 career receiving yards.
Tim Tebow + Percy Harvin + Urban Meyer = Bad news for SEC defenses.
As the 2008 season approaches, Tebow has garnered most of the Heisman attention, along with Beanie Wells of Ohio State and Graham Harrell of Texas Tech.
However, the college football world has taken notice of Percy Harvin and undoubtedly sees his potential to dominate the SEC and college football this fall. Don’t be surprised if the Heisman Trophy is awarded to a Florida Gator not named Tim Tebow this December.