Barring setback, Harvin will play for Gators

Updated: January 2, 2009, 10:49 PM ET
By Chris Low | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- Florida arrived in South Florida on Friday afternoon, and coach Urban Meyer confirmed what he's been hinting at all along.

Star running back/receiver Percy Harvin will play Thursday against Oklahoma in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game after spending the last several weeks rehabilitating his sprained right ankle.

"He's playing. Unless there's a setback [in practice], he's good," Meyer said.

Harvin, who had scored touchdowns in 14 straight games, suffered a high ankle sprain in the regular-season finale against Florida State and was unable to play against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.

Meyer said the Gators would now finalize their complete game plan offensively since they know Harvin will be available. Harvin's scheduled to practice on Monday with the rest of the team.

"We're going to let him go [in practice]," Meyer said. "He's as good as there is."

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was confident that Harvin was ready to go after watching him work out in Gainesville.

"I've seen him out on the field. He looks good," Tebow said.

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