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Gators' Harvin sits out practice, likely to play

Florida receiver Percy Harvin did not practice Monday afternoon, still recovering from a severe sinus infection that kept him out of Saturday's game against South Carolina.

By TIMES STAFF
Published November 13, 2007


GAINESVILLE - Florida receiver Percy Harvin did not practice Monday afternoon, still recovering from a severe sinus infection that kept him out of Saturday's game against South Carolina.

"He's getting better, but he's still feeling pretty bad," quarterback Tim Tebow said.

Coach Urban Meyerhopes Harvin will practice today and expects him to play Saturday against Florida Atlantic.

INJURY UPDATE: Freshman offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey's sprained right ankle might not keep him out this week after all. Pouncey injured the ankle less than five minutes into Saturday's game and did not return. He did not practice Monday and walked out of practice wearing a boot.

"I'm getting some good news on him," Meyer said. "He's a tough guy."

If Pouncey can't go, Maurice Hurt would take his role, with Marcus Gilbertplaying as well.

"We'd move (Carlton) Medder inside, then Marcus and Carl Johnson, so those are the people that we're trying to get mixed in there," Meyer said.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

FSU: QB feels better

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State starting quarterback and former Land O'Lakes standout Drew Weatherford said that the day after sustaining a concussion Saturday, the side effects were rough. Weatherford said Monday that he should be ready Saturday to face Maryland.

"I feel really good," he said.

Coach Bobby Bowden said backup QB Xavier Lee has been cleared of eligibility questions, and his status is up to offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher.

Christian Ponder took most of the reps with the second team Monday.

Running back shuffle: With Antone Smith's status uncertain because of a shoulder injury and backups Jamaal Edwards and Russell Ball injured, redshirt freshman quarterback D'Vontrey Richardson, receiver Preston Parker and fullback Seddrick Holloway worked at tailback.

INJURY UPDATE: Jefferson grad Daron Rose (sprained left knee) is probable.

Jamey Givens, Times correspondent

USF: Getting healthy

TAMPA - Ravaged by injuries for the past month, the Bulls received good news entering Saturday's home finale against Louisville.

Starters George Selvie, Dontavia Bogan, Marc Dile and Walt Walker practiced after they either sat out or missed a significant portion of a victory over Syracuse.

The only players coach Jim Leavitt said were "doubtful" for the upcoming game were defensive lineman Aaron Harris, who wore a boot after missing three quarters against the Orange, and wide receiver Amarri Jackson, who injured his knee Oct. 27 at Connecticut.

POSTSEASON INVITATIONS: Cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Trae Williams received invitations to the East-West Shrine Game in Houston, and Jenkins was invited to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

PITT GAME TIME: The Bulls' Nov. 24 game at Pittsburgh kicks off at noon.

Brendan Galella, Times correspondent

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UF-FSU game time

The Florida vs. FSU game will kick off at 5 p.m. Nov. 24 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The game will be televised on Ch. 10.