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Derrick Harvey

DE

Height
6' 4"
CLASS
RJR
Hometown
Greenbelt, Md.
Weight
262 lbs.
Experience
2L
School
Roosevelt
Derrick Harvey

A pass-rushing redshirt junior defensive end who declared that he would forego his senior year to become eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft…

CAREER: Three-year letterwinner who saw action in 36 games with 18 starts… Finished his UF career with 90 tackles and 20.5 sacks, ranking ninth in school history and trailing David Galloway and Robin Fisher by just half a sack for a seventh-place tie in the UF record books… His 17 tackles for a loss during his junior season rank 10th in UF single-season history… Had a career-high eight tackles in his final game as a Gator in the Capital One Bowl… Totaled three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

HONORS: 2007 AP All-SEC Honorable Mention honoree… Second-team All-SEC selection by the coaches… Quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy presented by the Pacific Club Foundation… Named to the Defensive Player of the Year Watch List presented by the Ted Hendricks Club Foundation...All-SEC second-team pick by the coaches in 2006… Defensive MVP of the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game in 2007.

2007: Starter on the defensive line in all 13 games… Collected 49 tackles (31 solo) to rank seventh on the team… Led the team with 8.5 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss… Set a career-high number in tackles with eight against Michigan in the Capital One Bowl… Rated fourth in the conference with 8.5 sacks… Registered at least one sack in five of the team’s 13 contests… Tallied five pass breakups… Anchored a defensive line ranked first in the SEC in run defense, not yielding a 100-yard rushing team performance in 10 of 13 games… Recorded three multi-sack games, including a pair in the season opener and finale against Western Kentucky and Michigan, respectively… Paced the UF defense in the Capital One Bowl, picking up two sacks for a loss of 22 yards against the Wolverines and forcing Chad Henne to fumble once… Tied his previous high heading into the 2007 campaign of five tackles against LSU… Recorded three total sacks in consecutive games against Ole Miss and Auburn… Credited with 1.5 sacks for a loss of six yards against then-Heisman Trophy candidate Andre Woodson in the win against Kentucky… His two sacks against Auburn were part of a then career-high six tackles… Broke up a pass against Vanderbilt that led to an interception and an eventual touchdown by the Gator offense… Caused a net loss of minus four yards on four tackles against Tennessee… Named a team captain… Member of the Leadership Committee.

2006: Saw action in all 14 games for the Gators, making five starts… Named Defensive MVP of the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game… Collected second-team Coaches’ All-SEC plaudits on Dec. 5… Tied for second in the SEC with 11 sacks… Each of his 11 sacks came in the Gators’ final 11 games… Registered a career-high three sacks and recovered a fumble deep in Ohio State territory to spur the Gators to a 41-14 win over the Buckeyes… Finished the contest with four total tackles… Posted three tackles, including one for loss, and hurried the quarterback once against Arkansas… Made two solo stops in the defeat of Florida State… Logged four tackles in the win over Western Carolina… Hurried the quarterback once in Florida’s victory over South Carolina… Recorded a career-high five tackles, including his eighth sack of the campaign, in the 25-19 win over Vanderbilt; finished the game with 2.5 tackles for loss, resulting in a net loss of 13 yards… Collected three tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and his first career forced fumble as the Gators defeated Georgia, 21-14; the forced fumble led to a nine-yard touchdown return by fellow defensive end Ray McDonald, which proved to be the difference in the game… Turned in an explosive performance against Auburn, with two sacks and his first career fumble  recovery with the Gators backed up in their own territory; finished the contest with four tackles… His lone tackle in the LSU game was a sack of JaMarcus Russell for a loss of one yard… Recorded a sack for a loss of 12 yards in the Gators’ home win over Alabama… Had a career-high two sacks for a net loss of 14 yards as part of a three-tackle night against Kentucky in his first collegiate start… Chipped in with two tackles to help UF defeat Tennessee… Assisted on a tackle and hurried the quarterback once in the UCF game… Notched two tackles and a quarterback hurry in the win over Southern Miss.

2005: Appeared in nine games, failing to appear on the playing field against LSU, Georgia and South Carolina… Notched a total of six tackles on the season, including four solo efforts as well as one tackle for a loss of six yards… One of 12 Gator defenders to record a sack during the season, and one of 15 to break up a pass… Posted three tackles against Kentucky, with two solo and one assisted efforts, as well as one pass break-up… Recorded one tackle for a loss of six yards, as well as a the first sack of his career, against Louisiana Tech.

2004: Did not see any game action and was redshirted.

PREP: An All-America selection by Tom Lemming, EA Sports, Riddell and SuperPrep… Second team All-America selection on defense by USA Today… Was the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year… No. 3 rated DE in the nation and No. 1 rated DE in the Atlantic Region by TheInsiders.com… Member of TheInsiders.com National Hot 100 (five-star) and a first-team All-Atlantic region selection by TheInsiders.com… A five-star defensive end and the second-best defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com… Tabbed as the No. 3 prospect nationally by TheInsiders.com… Ranked No. 1 prospect in Mid-Atlantic by SuperPrep’s All-America Issue… The Rivals.com 100 list had him at No. 8… A team captain who played defensive end and tight end and was one of the most heavily recruited players in the nation… As a senior, he had 150 tackles and a Maryland state-record 31 sacks, as well as five forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and five batted down passes… Received first-team all-state honors by the Associated Press for his efforts… Helped team post a 12-1 record in 2003, losing its only game of the season in the 4A state semifinals… Wingspan is 82 inches… Played football for the first time during his junior season… Also lettered two years in basketball… Runs a 4.7 40-yard dash… Also considered Ohio State, Maryland and Tennessee.

PERSONAL: Was born on Nov. 9, 1986… Active member of the Goodwill Gators who participated in the Adopt-A-Team event.

MAJOR: Anthropology.

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
Year UT-AT TT TBL QBS FF FR PD INT
2005 5-1 6 1 1 0 0 1 0
2006 24-11 35 13 11 1 3 0 0
2007 31-18 49 17 8.5 1 0 5 0
Totals: 59-31 90 31 20.5 2 3 6 0

HARVEY’S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 8 (Michigan, 2008)
QB Sacks: 3 (Ohio State, 2007)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (twice, last vs. Michigan, 2008)
Interceptions: None

Game-By-Game

2007
    TACKLES SACKS FUMBLE Pass Blkd   Kicks-XPTS      
Date Opponent Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf Pts
Sep 01, 2007 WKU 2 1 3 2.0-14 2.0-14 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Sep 08, 2007 TROY. 0 1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Sep 15, 2007 UT. 3 1 4 1.0-7 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Sep 22, 2007 at Ole Miss 3 1 4 2.0-11 1.0-6 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Sep 29, 2007 AUBURN. 4 2 6 3.0-16 2.0-15 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Oct 06, 2007 at LSU. 2 3 5 1.0-3 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Oct 20, 2007 at Kentucky 3 3 6 1.5-6 1.5-6 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Oct 27, 2007 vs UGA. 2 0 2 2.0-6 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Nov 03, 2007 VANDERBILT. 2 2 4 0.5-1 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Nov 10, 2007 at South Carolina 1 0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Nov 17, 2007 FLORIDA ATLANTIC. 4 0 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Nov 24, 2007 FLORIDA STATE 1 0 1 1.0-1 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Jan 1, 2008 vs Michigan 4 4 8 3.0-24 2.0-22 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
  Totals 31 18 49 17.0-89 8.5-63 1 0-0 0-0 3 5 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
 
2006
    TACKLES SACKS FUMBLE Pass Blkd   Kicks-XPTS      
Date Opponent Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf Pts
Sep 02, 2006 SOUTHERN MISS 1 1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Sep 09, 2006 UCF 0 1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Sep 16, 2006 at Tennessee. 0 2 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Sep 23, 2006 KENTUCKY. 3 0 3 2.0-14 2.0-14 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Sep 30, 2006 ALABAMA 1 0 1 1.0-12 1.0-12 0 0-0 0-0 3 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Oct 07, 2006 LSU 1 0 1 1.0-1 1.0-1 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Oct 14, 2006 at Auburn 2 2 4 2.0-13 2.0-13 0 1-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Oct 28, 2006 vs Georgia 3 0 3 1.0-10 1.0-10 1 1-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Nov 04, 2006 at Vanderbilt 3 2 5 2.5-13 1.0-8 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Nov 11, 2006 SOUTH CAROLINA 0 0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Nov 18, 2006 WESTERN CAROLINA 3 1 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Nov 25, 2006 at Florida State 2 0 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Dec. 2, 2006 vs Arkansas 1 2 3 0.5-1 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Jan. 8, 2007 vs Ohio State 4 0 4 3.0-31 3.0-31 0 1-9 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
  Totals 24 11 35 13.0-95 11.0-89 1 3-9 0-0 8 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
 
2005
    TACKLES SACKS FUMBLE Pass Blkd   Kicks-XPTS      
Date Opponent Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf Pts
Sep 03, 2005 WYOMING 0 0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Sep 10, 2005 LOUISIANA TECH 1 0 1 1.0-6 1.0-6 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Sep 17, 2005 TENNESSEE 0 0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Sep 24, 2005 at Kentucky 1 2 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Oct 1, 2005 at Alabama Crimson Tide 1 0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Oct 08, 2005 MISSISSIPPI STATE 0 0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Nov 05, 2005 VANDERBILT 0 0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Nov 26, 2005 FLORIDA STATE 0 0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Jan 02, 2006 vs IOWA 1 0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
  Totals 4 2 6 1.0-6 1.0-6 0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Profile on Derrick Harvey

  • Wants to be a sport agent or in a profession dealing with criminal justice
  • Holds sack record for the state of Maryland (31)
  • Played football for just his last two years of high school
  • 2007 member of the Leadership Committee 

What They Are Saying About Derrick Harvey

“I think he’s ready. I would love to see him come back because I think he could be with the experience of the guys coming back along with him, it would be kind of like back to last year where they could not double him. Now all of a sudden he has a bunch of guys coming at him. I think you would see his stats skyrocket again. I don’t think the people who make decisions about what round he goes in look at stats either. I think they look at how hard a guy plays. That’s what I’ve really been proud of Derrick for. He really has played hard. Would I like to have him come back? I would be the happiest guy in the world but I want what’s best for Derrick and that will be seen pretty soon.” (12/13/07)
Greg Mattison, UF Co-Defensive Coordinator

“I think the first thing when they talk about Derrick Harvey this year, he doesn’t have the 20 sacks or the 15 sacks, but in my opinion, he has had a great year. He has brought a very young defensive line up to his level. I think the fact he has played so well against the run, for us to be number one in the SEC in rush defense, a lot of that’s Derrick Harvey.” (12/13/07)
Greg Mattison, UF Co-Defensive Coordinator

“Harvey is a problem. He gets off the ball so quick. He plays with such energy every down. You have to account for him somehow on every play.”
Mark Richt, Georgia Head Coach

"My expectations are as high as his are and so is our defensive coaches. Derrick is above and beyond where we thought he'd be as a leader and a football player. He goes as hard as he can and he's got a tremendous future."
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

“When he is comfortable around people he will talk more.  Cornelius Ingram is his best friend, so he’s probably the guy he talks to more than anyone.” (6/2007)
Charlie Strong, UF Co-Defensive Coordinator

“He’s not a real big kid.  He’s 245 pounds, and he’s playing 300-pound offensive tackles and he’s held his own in there.  He’s really given us a bonus against the run.... I don’t think you can label him as a pass rusher.  He can play all of it.” (6/2007)
Greg Mattison, UF Co-Defensive Coordinator

 “Derrick Harvey is turning into being a premier player for us. Him and Moss on the outside definitely helps us. We are down to the nubs now, down to the nubs, like most teams." (11/10/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

"Harvey's a great player. He's turned into a baller. He's good this year and he can get a lot better." (10/28/06)
Ray McDonald, former UF Defensive End

“He’s tremendously talented. It’s there. It isn’t like last year where I threw you in for a few plays and then you’re out. You’re in there for a lot of plays, now what are you going to do?” (July 2006)
Greg Mattison, UF Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach

“Derrick Harvey has positioned himself by how he did in the spring to be a really, really good end, but at the same time, he’s the best athlete behind Jarvis (Moss), so if anything happened to Jarvis, we’d probably put Derrick Harvey there and move another end in.” (July 2006)
Greg Mattison, UF Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach

“As I get older, I feel I’m getting a little better. I still have a long way to go, though. This is only my fourth year in football, so I’m still learning. I’m trying to work hard every day and improve my game. I’m listening to my coaches and taking everything they say. I’m more focused and paying attention to the little details. I just want to help the team the best I can.”
Derrick Harvey, GatorSports.com, April 18, 2006

“He has the potential to emerge as a big-time player. He’s coming along and developing well. With the injuries we’ve had at the position, he’s stepped up and had a great spring. He’s a player who will help us. The thing you like about him is he’s worked and had a great attitude about it.”
Co-Defensive Coordinator Charlie Strong, GatorSports.com, April 18, 2006

"He is just a natural.  He is a very coachable kid.  He has a great work ethic, along with a strong desire to be the best in whatever he does.  He has the mindset that he doesn't want to settle for anything less.  He is a kid with serious potential.  He is just an example for other kids that you don't have to be a football player for 10 years to be successful." (February 15, 2004)
Rick Houchens, Roosevelt High School head coach

"The thing that makes him even more special than his athletic ability is his character.  He is quite a kid and very coachable.  He is focused on every little thing.  If I tell him to do this, this and this, no matter what it is, whether it's schoolwork, weightlifting, he is very focused.  He is very responsible.  I can't remember this kid without a smile on his face.  It's funny because when he gets on the field he has another switch to him.  It's like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  He has a nasty streak inside him." (February 15, 2004)
Rick Houchens, Roosevelt High School head coach

"He's only been playing football for two years.  With his athleticism and his size and speed, he has that tremendous change of direction.  He'll be a major factor as a pass rusher for us.  He can easily add 35-40 pounds to his frame and he won't look it." (March 15, 2004)
Mike Locksley, Former UF Recruiting Coordinator

“Mattison also pointed out Derrick Harvey, a redshirt freshman from Greenbelt, Md., whom he said caught his eye in practice.” (8/9/2005)
Jemele Hill, The Orlando Sentinel

"Few expected Florida's defense to be the team's strength this season. But early in the season, unheralded players such as 5-8 cornerback Vernell Brown and former Coral Gables High School standout Steven Harris led a defensive charge. Even after standout defensive end Ray McDonald sustained a torn ligament in his right knee, Joe Cohen and Derrick Harvey were there to fill in admirably." (10/2/05)
Andrew Abramson, Miami Herald

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