Getting To Know: Derrick Harvey
Height: 6' 4 5/8"
Birthdate: Nov. 9, 1986
Hometown: Greenbelt, MD
Harvey started football late, in his junior year of high school at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland for head coach Rick Houchens. As a senior, he recorded over 150 tackles and 31 sacks, a Maryland state record, as well as five forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and five batted down passes. He led his team to a 12-1 record and the 4A State Semi-finals, where they suffered their only loss of the season. Derrick was 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 (wingspan is 82 inches). Harvey also lettered two years in basketball.
High School Awards:
- Associate Press first-team all-state honors,
- High school All-America selection by Tom Lemming, EA Sports, and Riddell.
- Ranked No. 1 prospect in Mid-Atlantic by SuperPrep's All-America Issue
- A five-star defensive end and the second-best defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com.
- The Rivals.com 100 list had him at No. 8
- Second team All-America selection by USA Today.
- 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
- Tabbed as the No. 3 prospect nationally by TheInsiders.com.
- Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year.
A five-star recruit, he eventually committed to Florida. He also considered Ohio State, Maryland and Tennessee.
University of Florida, 2004-2007
Harvey redshirted his freshman year in 2004.
In 2005, he appeared in nine games, recording six tackles and a sack. He did not see the field against some of the more high-profile teams, such as LSU or Georgia.
In 2006, Harvey broke out, playing in 14 games (starting 5) for Florida. His performance in the 2006 BCS National Championship Game against Ohio State, where he recorded 3 sacks, helped the Gators cruise to a victory, and won him the Defensive MVP award for the game. He finished the season with 35 tackles (13.5 for losses) and 11 sacks. He was tied second in the SEC for sacks.
In his junior season of 2007 Harvey played 13 games (starting all) and recorded 49 tackles with 17 of those for losses, which included 8.5 sacks. He also knocked down 5 passes and forced a fumble. Overall, Harvey made 51.5 plays behind the line of scrimmage, including 20.5 sacks and totaled 90 tackles.
Despite starting just eighteen games during his career, Harvey finished his career as the school's ninth-ranked all-time leader with 20.5 quarterback sacks.
- 2007 AP All-SEC Honorable Mention honors
- 2007 Defensive MVP of the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
- 2007 Team Captain
- 2006 All-SEC second-team pick by the coaches
- 2006 Rose Bowl Defensive MVP
- 2x Second-team All-SEC (2006-2007)
- 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
Was an active member of the Goodwill Gators who participated in the Adopt-A-Team event. Member of the Leadership Committee.
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4.67 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided)
4.73 in the 40-yard dash (against the wind)
350-pound bench press
Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times
39-inch vertical jump
Was selected 8th in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars