Percy Harvey, you’re missed.

Here’s something you can’t blame Mike Bobo for.

… Florida’s struggles really started with the departures of Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin to the NFL.

Led by Tebow and Harvin in 2007 and 2008, the Florida offense completed 38 touchdown passes and threw eight interceptions in SEC contests.

With Tebow alone in 2009, the Gators managed only nine touchdown passes and five picks in SEC play, illustrating Harvin’s importance to the team.

The last two years have been even worse for Florida — a combined 12 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions against conference opponents.

And Gator fans, before you get all “it was Weis’ fault” on us here, consider what he had to work with last season.

Both Brissett and Driskel struggled in particular when attempting to stretch the field in 2011.

Together, the pair combined to complete only 31 percent of their pass attempts of 10-plus yards downfield with one touchdown and five interceptions. On throws 20-plus yards, that percentage dropped to 6.7 percent (1-15) with a touchdown and four picks.

Now that’s ugly.  Good luck with that, Brent Pease.

By the way, I don’t know if this ESPN stats post brought KC Joyner’s epic defense of John Brantley to mind, but it should have.  That’s some good stuff, there.


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17 responses to “Percy Harvey, you’re missed.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    No more gusty play.


  2. Puffdawg

    One, two three fo’ fi’, then the gata don take no jive.


  3. If Corch were still in Gainesville, the author of that article would be sent directly to seat 37F.


  4. JAX

    If you all recall, other than taking off and running, Harvin was Tebow’s primary outlet when it was 3rd and trouble. I can’t tell you how many times I watched Tebow check down to his 3rd option only to dump it to Harvin and get the first down. This was especially prevalent after Tebow was instructed to run less and pass more. I’d even go as far as to say that Harvin was at times the primary reason Florida excelled.


  5. Mike

    Zook and Larry Fedora took a true freshman QB, Chris Leak, into LSU’s Tiger Stadium and won in 2003. LSU won the National Title that year, the only loss being to Florida.

    Weis did indeed have a short deck from which to deal. But he did not seem to do anything to adjust to the injuries, other than dumb down the offense and make it completely predictable.