Florida Gator Skipping Senior Season

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida defensive end Derrick Harvey is
skipping his senior season to enter this spring's NFL draft.

"Derrick has informed the coaching staff of his decision to enter the NFL draft,'' Gators coach Urban Meyer says in a statement that the coaching staff appreciates Harvey's "effort and dedication'' and wish him the best of luck.

As a redshirt sophomore, Harvey was named the defensive MVP of the BCS national championship game last year after recording a career-high three sacks and recovering a fumble in the Gators' 41-14 victory over Ohio State.

As a sophomore, the 6-4, 262-pound Harvey recorded 11 sacks and 35 tackles despite starting only four games. This season as a junior, Harvey became a full-time starter and recorded 6.5 sacks and 34 tackles. He finishes his college career with 18.5 sacks and 76 tackles.

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