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UF: Good news on Harvin, Wynn
By Times staff and wires
Published October 13, 2006
GAINESVILLE - Florida appears likely to have two key offensive players ready to face No. 11 Auburn on Saturday.
Coach Urban Meyer said Thursday that it looks like freshman receiver Percy Harvin will be 100 percent for the first time since sustaining a high ankle sprain against Tennessee on Sept. 16.
Also, running back DeShawn Wynn practiced with a knee brace and did some contact work after spraining his right knee against Alabama on Sept. 30. Meyer said he should be able to play.
"First time in three weeks," Meyer said. "We haven't really had a tailback, and we haven't had Percy Harvin which is kind of significant."
SI FLASHBACK: About 21 years ago, Ray McDonald's father appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated after the Gators defeated Auburn in 1985.
Ray McDonald Sr. was a receiver and caught both touchdowns in UF's 14-10 victory on the plains.
The Gators received their first No. 1 ranking, but right after the magazine came out they lost to Georgia.
That's one lesson McDonald Sr. wants his son to know heading into the game.
"He told me we were No. 1 in the country for a week and then we got our butts whipped by Georgia," McDonald said. "He always talks to me about that."
USF: Ready for Heels
TAMPA - USF faces a North Carolina team that is 1-4. But since the losses have come to No. 12 Clemson, No. 23 Virginia Tech, No. 24 Rutgers and Miami, coach Jim Leavitt won't take the Tar Heels lightly.
"They going to come out with everything they got, and they are going to come out hard," Leavitt said.
"I know this team, I know this program more than people think I do. They'll fight, and they'll fight hard."
Tough to get through: Leavitt said this week he was disappointed with the kickoff return unit, which is averaging just 20 yards a game. He said the unit will have to work even harder Saturday against UNC, which has the No. 1 kickoff defense that allows just 13 yards per game.
- MIKE CAMUNAS, Times correspondent
FSU: DE hopes for return
TALLAHASSEE - Emmanuel Dunbar is one of the numerous defensive lineman who have missed time due to injury this season. But unlike some of his other teammates, the sophomore does hope to return to help a much needed unit soon.
"I haven't practiced this week, but I'm looking to practice in the next two weeks," said Dunbar, who hurt his back in the first half of the home opener against Troy on Sept. 9. "Some days I say I want to run, but I start walking and the pain is unbearable."
Dunbar - taken out of the Troy game just minutes after starting defensive lineman Paul Griffin went down with a torn ACL - said he first noticed a problem before the Troy game while doing squats in the weight room.
"It wasn't even that much weight," Dunbar said. "But I just felt it down my back."
Dunbar, who played in eight games as a reserve lineman last season, ruled out the idea that he would redshirt this season due to the injury.
- D.C. REEVES, Times correspondent
UM: Charges likely for WR
CORAL GABLES - Suspended wide receiver Ryan Moore is expected to face misdemeanor charges stemming from an August incident where he reportedly grabbed a woman's throat and pushed her to the ground, Hurricanes coach Larry Coker said.
Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, told the Miami Herald that misdemeanor charges of battery and criminal mischief would be filed next week against Moore.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
TACKLE OUT FOR SEASON: Reserve offensive tackle Ian Symonette had season-ending knee surgery this week. The Hurricanes will seek a medical redshirt for the 6-foot-9, 338-pound freshman. Symonette was injured last week against North Carolina.