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Harvin Has The Explosive Touch

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 28, 2009 – 8:18 am

Vikings WR/KR Percy Harvin continues to have a profound impact on the Vikings during his rookie season. He made it on the highlight reel again this week with an electric 101-yard kickoff return for a TD in the 3rd quarter.

Harvin’s TD return was significant on a few levels, but perhaps most importantly because it provided a counter-punch to San Francisco’s early 2nd half FG that increased their lead to 17-13. At the time of Joe Nedney’s 37-yard FG, the 49ers had scored 17 of the game’s previous 20 points. But Harvin’s 101-yard return neutralized the momentum San Francisco had generated.

The return also marked Harvin’s 3rd TD in as many games, making him the only rookie other than Felix Jones in the past 5 years to score a TD in his first 3 games. Harvin added 4 receptions for 51 yards, increasing his average yards per reception to 10.7.

Through 3 games, Harvin has 27 total touches for 514 yards and 3 TDs. That averages out to 19.03 yards per touch. The 22nd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft has gained 10+ yards on 20 of his 27 touches and is now averaging 35.8 yards per kickoff return.


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2 Responses to “Harvin Has The Explosive Touch”

  1. By CA Norwegian on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    Coach, PLEASE give this guy more time off. The headaches are now in your opponents hands. I called this return for TD, the Detriot and Cinci upsets in the blogs. He made everyone look like joggers out there on return coverage! Yeah!

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    CA Norwegian – You and I must have been on the same wave length, because I predicted that we return this one for a TD too! 5 Seconds before the kick I said it was going all the way, and then I was going crazy when it actually happened! I can’t wait until Harvin gets healthy and then really shows how much he is capable of!

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