#1 Percy Harvin & Honorary #1,
Florida’s 1st All-American, Dale Van Sickel
1 – Percy Harvin
Dale Van Sickel
William Percival Harvin III played in a hybrid receiver/running back position, colloquially known as the “Harvin Position”, for Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators from 2006 to 2008. Percy made an immediate impact his freshman in 2006 with 427 yards receiving with 2 TDs and 428 yards rushing with 3 TDs, including 1 TD against Ohio State in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game. Despite his injuries limiting his action against Tennessee, LSU, and Alabama, he was named the SEC Freshman of the Year. In his sophomore year he amassed 764 yards rushing with 6 TDs and 858 yards receiving with 4 TDs on his way to All SEC honors as an all-purpose player, 2nd team as a receiver. Percy had surgery on his heel between his sophomore and junior years, but was able to later into the season and explode for 660 yards rushing with 10 TDs and 644 yards receiving for 7 TDs. In 2007 he was the NCAA leader in rushing yards per attempt with 9.2 YPA, and was in the top ten for SEC receiving YPC in 2007 and 2008. In 2008 his 10 rushing TDs and 7 receiving TDs ranked him 5th in the SEC. His career 3781 yards from scrimmage rank him 7th in SEC history and his 32 career TDs rank him 10th. His 32 TDs are the most ever by a Gator receiver, but 19 of those TDs are counted as rushing TDs. He was a first round NFL draft pick for Minnesota in 2009.
Dale Van Sickel was a swift and sure-handed receiver on offense and a gifted ball hawk as defensive player as well. As a two-way player with the Gators from 1927-1929, he helped the Gators win 23 of 29 games. Van Sickel became Florida’s first All-American (1928) and first College Football Hall of Fame inductee (1977). In 1928, Dale’s junior year, Florida posted an 8-1 record, losing only to Tennessee – by a single point (13-12) in the final game of the season. Florida outscored its competition, 336-44, during the 1928 campaign. Following graduation, Van Sickel joined the staff at Florida, serving as an assistant in football and basketball for the 1930 and 1931 seasons before heading out to the West Coast to pursue a movie career. He became the first president of the Motion Picture Stuntman’s Association. Unfortunately, Dale died of injuries sustained from years of stuntwork in 1977.
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