One of the most electrifying playmakers in Florida Football history, Percy Harvin’s impact in a Gators uniform was clear. A multi-year impact player who shined on some of the Gators best teams ever, here is a look back at Harvin’s time in Gainesville from 2006-08.
Looking back at the Florida Football career of Percy Harvin
Harvin was originally considered as a truly elite prospect out of high school, coming to Florida in the Gators 2006 recruiting class. A five-star prospect out of Landstown High School in Virginia, Harvin was considered as the No. 1 wide receiver in that 2006 class, as well as a top five player nationally.
The five-star would go on to make an immediate impact on the Gators 2006 national title winning team as well, totaling 427 yards and two touchdowns on 34 receptions, as well as having 41 carries for 428 yards and three more scores. A Freshman All-American selection, Harvin would go on to enter the 2007 season as one of the SEC’s top wide receivers, and would have yet another impressive year on one of the conference’s top teams.
During his 2007 sophomore season, Harvin would have 59 receptions for 858 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 764 yards and six touchdowns on 83 carries. Receiving All-SEC honors, as well as a few other accolades, Harvin would lead the SEC with a 9.2 YPC, while also ranking Top 10 in the conference in receiving yards, receptions, and yards from scrimmage.
Cemented as one of the SEC’s top playmakers entering his junior season, Harvin would go on to catch 40 passes for 644 yards and seven touchdowns in 2008, as well as rush for 660 yards and 10 more scores on 70 attempts. Ranking Top 10 in the SEC in numerous statistical categories, Harvin would help lead the Gators to their second national title in three years, and would receive honors that included Second Team All-American and First Team All-SEC in the process.
At seasons end, Harvin would enter the 2009 NFL Draft, and would later be selected with the No. 22 overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings. Bringing an end to his Florida Football career, Harvin would conclude his time in Gainesville with a career stat line of 194 carries for 1,852 yards and 19 touchdowns, as well as 133 receptions for 1,929 yards and 13 more scores.
Harvin would go on to play from 2009-16 in the NFL with four different teams that included the Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, and New York Jets. During that span, Harvin would account for a career 9,080 all-purpose yards and 32 touchdowns, receiving honors that included the 2009 NFL Rookie of the Year, one-time Pro Bowler, and a one-time Super Bowl champion.