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Volume 71, Issue 154, Thursday, July 27, 2006

Sports

Cougar wideout a loyal fan

Harvey still finds time to cheer for Jags, FSU while suiting up for UH

by Chris Elliott
The Daily Cougar

As a quarterback running a post play, there is no greater feeling than knowing your targeted receiver has a six-inch height advantage over his defender. 

Lined up in the slot against a nickel back, UH sophomore receiver Jeron Harvey's 6-5, 215-pound frame clearly draws some attention.

"I just try to use my height to my best advantage," Harvey said. "If I'm going against a corner that's 5-9 and I'm 6-5, I already know I got to have that play.


Junior wideout Jeron Harvey averaged 18.4 yards per catch in 2005-06 as the Cougars' fourth receiving option.


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"I'm going to have to be the playmaker just because. I'll use it to my advantage."

EA Sports' NCAA Football 2007 was released just over a week ago and there is a good chance that if Harvey is not playing basketball or working out in the Athletic/Alumni Center, he is racking up some yardage with his favorite teams in the college football video game. 

However, unlike many of the EA junkies who switch to the professional level of the Madden franchise when August rolls around, Harvey will still be attempting to break Atlantic Coast Conference passing records in EA's best-selling franchise.

"I really don't play Madden that much. I just stick to the college stuff. I play with UH and Florida State on NCAA Football. 

"Sometimes I'll play with Florida State and use UH's playbook."

Harvey also enjoys the NFL, however. 

As a tall receiver and faithful Jaguars fan, the Jacksonville, Fla., native said he cannot wait to see second-year Jags receiver Matt Jones have a breakout season and hopes he will be used to his full potential by head coach Jack Del Rio and quarterback Byron Leftwich.

"They ain't really using him right. I mean, just audible some plays sometimes … When he's got man on man coverage just throw it up there and let him get it," Harvey said. "He's like 6-6 or 6-7.

"Last year was just his first year. He'll come around when he starts getting used to playing wide out in the NFL system." 

Growing up a Florida State fan, Harvey loved watching FSU icons like quarterback Charlie Ward and Deion Sanders make big plays during their respective eras on the team. 

Ward, one of the original mobile quarterbacks, paved the way for future versatile stars such as Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and Vince Young when he won the Heisman in 1993. 

Then, of course, there was Sanders, the flashy cornerback, track star and Gold Glove-caliber outfielder who would later become known as football's "Primetime."

"You've got to love Primetime," Harvey said of the beloved football star. 

"Deion was good, and he went to Florida State. I've always liked Florida State," he said. 

Though Harvey will have many chances to visit the end zone this season, don't count on seeing any vintage Primetime dances from this Sanders fan.

"I always try to act like I've been there before," Harvey said. 

"No celebrations. Just hand the ball off and that's it. Then go back and try to do it again," he said.

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