SIX BITS: Harvin, Haden, Miller, Wilbur, Kentucky

1 » Former Florida Gators wide receiver Percy Harvin was added to the Minnesota Vikings injury report on Thursday with what is being called a hamstring injury. Minnesota did not decide to release how severe the injury is but the Vikings certainly need Harvin on the field Sunday night for their divisional rivalry game against the Green Bay Packers. Harvin has been a big scoring threat for Minnesota recently, returning a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown last week and hauling in two receiving touchdowns the previous week.

2 » Grabbing his first career interception last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns rookie cornerback Joe Haden wants more playing time, and he just might get it, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. “I thought he had his best week of practice since he’s been with us,” head coach Eric Mangini said of how Haden prepared last week. “I think that he’s starting to understand what it means to be a pro. He’s starting to understand what it takes to prepare each week, and there’s no doubt in my mind that that week of preparation, the way that he was last week, led to his best performance since he’s been here. If he keeps developing, he’ll keep pushing for playing time. That’s what you want. That’s what I want. That’s what he wants, and I don’t mean I’m looking to replace anybody. I’m looking for him to get better to push those guys to replace them because that competition makes everybody better.”

3 » Miami Heat forward Mike Miller, who is currently participating in his first preseason with the team after being signed over the summer, injured and possibly broke the thumb on his shooting hand Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks. Teammate and fellow former Florida player power forward Udonis Haslem told the Associated Press that doctors believe the injury is “not season ending.”

4 » Former Gators punter Eric Wilbur has been shining this season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL, and his ability to kick “high and deep angled” punts has provided his team with “a stunning field-position advantage,” according to the Hamilton Spectator. “We’re asking him to place the ball in a certain spot, so there were a couple which could have been better but overall it was excellent,” said special teams coach Dave Easley. “He gets tremendous height on the ball because he’s got a very, very strong leg.” Wilbur may be asked to kickoff as well next year for Hamilton though his eyes are still set on a bigger stage. “My ultimate goal is to be in the NFL,” Wilbur told the paper. “But I love it up here. I love the atmosphere, I love the games. If I have to stay up here, I’ll be happy.”

5 » Upsetting South Carolina last week at home, Kentucky’s fans were rightfully excited. After the final whistle blew, plenty of blue-and-white faithful stormed the field to celebrate – something that is seen all over the country after a home team upsets a top-ranked opponent. Unfortunately, when it comes to the Southeastern Conference, such celebrations are not allowed under league rules. That is why, on Thursday, Kentucky was fined $25,000 for a sportsmanship policy violation by the SEC. The policy that was violated states that “access to competition areas shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators alike, at no time before, during or after a contest shall spectators be permitted to enter the competition area.”

6 » Join former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel and Desire Street Ministries for a 90’s Gators Reunion Celebration from Nov. 12-13 in Gainesville, FL. Wuerffel and other Gator greats like WR Chris Doering, QB Doug Johnson, QB Shane Matthews, WR Travis McGriff, offensive tackle Jason Odom, safety Lawrence Wright and others will be in attendance to celebrate a great decade of Florida football while raising money for DSM. For more information on the event and how you can participate, please click here to read the invitation.

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TWO BITS: Ex-Gators not happy about Addazio

1 » Though the players who, you know, have actually played under and been coached by offensive coordinator Steve Addazio are singing his praises, a host of former Florida Gators are not happy with the decision made by head coach Urban Meyer to make Addazio his interim coach. A number of them sounded off to the Sporting News:

Center Cal Dixon: “I have concerns about Addazio because of the offensive struggles this past season. It’s hard to gauge how much of the struggles were due to Addazio’s play-calling or from the loss of great personnel like Percy Harvin. I have seen Addazio work with the offensive line and I like his passion, intensity and teaching at the offensive line position level, but

Wide receiver Jack Johnson: “I’m not sure that I believe in Addazio enough to manage the ship for one year. In my mind, he has proven that he wasn’t ready to be an offensive coordinator at UF so I know he isn’t ready to be the head coach

WR Travis McGriff: “Steve Addazio is a very bright coach. I think he struggled a little bit this year as an offensive coordinator. It was his first year in that role and I think it was a learning process. I think he possesses many traits that you want in a head coach but I’m not quite sure he is ready for this

OL Reggie Green: “I don’t think an interim coach is the best decision because of the lack of permanency. I don’t think players and coaches are as focused on a long-term basis, a season, knowing the situation can change at any time. It promotes confusion

2 » Following up on his colleague’s story about four-star cornerback Joshua Shaw (Palmdale, CA) and the reaffirmation of his commitment to Florida, JC Shurburtt of Scouts, Inc. caught up with Shaw to pick his brain some more. “[Coach Meyer and I] just agreed that we would talk on Sunday and not jump to any conclusions at that time,” Shaw said. “We agreed I wouldn’t try to de-commit and call up other schools. Then I just left it in God’s hands. The next morning, I got to talk to Urban. He told me that he basically isn’t going anywhere. We have a father-son relationship basically. I talked to him before he had his press conference and he was letting me know basically it was still safe for me to attend Florida.” Shaw plans to recruit hard for the Gators this week and hopes to bring four-star wide receiver Chris Dunkley (Pahokee, FL) on board. “I am hoping that Chris Dunkley will be a Gator,” Shaw said. “No doubt about it.”

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