Knee injury ends season for wide receiver Harbison

  • Article by: MICHAEL RAND , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 2, 2012 - 1:11 AM

Jamel Harbison will have to redshirt after all, but not because Jerry Kill wanted him to.

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rickradio11Sep. 2, 12 8:21 AM

Tough break for Harbison. I tore an ACL playing college BBall when I was 18. Work hard, young man. Interestingly, a majority of the receptions and receiving yards in the UNLV victory were made by local boys: Devin Crawford-Tufts 4-49 (Edina); AJ Barker 3-101 (SPA/De La Salle); Derrick Engel 1-33 (Chaska/Winona State Transfer: All-NSIC WR); Andre McDonald 1-7 (Hopkins); and, Isaac Fruechte 1-7 (Caledonia/Rochester CC transfer). Quietly, Kill is proving that he can beat the bushes of the Upper Midwest for reliable football players that can win football games. By the way, both TD receptions were made by John Rabe from Iowa Falls, Iowa via Ellsworth (IA) CC. Notice how Northern Iowa played Wisconsin to the last down in Camp Randall with a slew of local boys, as did Kill's previous team, Northern Illinois, did with the Hawkeyes, yesterday. Kill will do a better job finding good football players hidden in invisible programs than any Gopher coach in recent memory. No, you won't win national championships, or Big Ten championships, or even Legends Division championships, with a total dependence on these kind of players, but as Iowa, Wisconsin, and Nebraska have proved for decades, these players are the heart and soul of a winning program in the Midwest. Here's a few recent examples of the type of players I believe Kill will not lose to local FCS programs: Tom Compton, OT, Rosemount HS, University of South Dakota, 6th Round draft choice, 2012 Redskins practice squad; Terrell Sinkfield, WR, Hopkins HS, UNI, 6-67 agst Wisconsin yesterday; Tim Sauer, OT, Rosemount HS, UNI, starter agst Wisconsin yesterday; JJ Swain, CB, Holy Angels, UNI, 3 yr. starter, 4 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss agst Wisconsin, yesterday (son of former Viking John Swain); and, Marcus Williams, CB, Hopkins HS, NDSU, 3 YR starter, 2011 FCS DB of the Year, 2011 FCS 1st Team All-American, 11 career INT/3 TDS (including one agst the Gophers just before halftime last season). Add Williams and Compton to the Gophers the last couple years and we are a better FB team. I believe Kill's years of experience finding these diamonds in the rough will help the Gophers build a foundation which will pay big dividends two or three years down the line. Over and out.

dewarfSep. 2, 1210:17 AM

rickradio11: Roger on the tough break for Harbison. Let's hope he comes back better than ever. But the rest of your broadcast leaves me a little cold. If all we can expect from Kill is to be competitive (like Iowa), then as I've said since his hiring -- we got the wrong guy. Even Wisconsin had to import a senior QB in order to become a very good football team (rather than good). It's all about recruiting four and five-star athletes. And Kill has shown no ability (so far) to get that job done. Is he a great guy? Yes. Can he win at this level with a "diamonds in the rough" recruiting strategy? Not a chance. Over and out!

ryantonSep. 2, 12 8:52 PM

Too bad about Harbison. Hopefully, he'll come back strong next year with Nelson under center ad QB throwing passes to him. Thank you Coach Kill for calling out Gray for missing those passes. Those passes must be completed as wide opened WRs running 3-5 yards behind coverages don't come around too often. If Gray can correct those by putting a little air under it and improving his timing with WRs...the Gophers' offense can be dangerous as it will be 2-dimensional instead of just relying on the run to set the pass...they can use the pass to set up the runs. Or roll Gray out with an option to run or pass...lots of possibilities. Love the speed at WRs! Of course, this process takes time so let see what coach Kill can before passing on judgement.

ryantonSep. 2, 12 8:57 PM

By the way, didn't the Gophers passed on Lane Kiffin (a local kid) and hired Tim Brewster...wonder where this program might be with Lane as head coach and his dad Monte, as Defensive Coordinator. Instead, the Kiffins are coaching the #1 team in the country USC.

riverbirchSep. 2, 12 9:15 PM

I believe in Kill, this team will improve as the season goes on. Also don't believe the tv, so called experts. The Big Ten is not that strong.

mollymcguireSep. 3, 12 4:51 PM

Remember the "Brew Crew?!"

mollymcguireSep. 4, 1210:14 AM

Best thing for him really....saves the embarrassment and gives him a year to reflect and transfer.

woolsey24Sep. 4, 1211:20 AM

@dewarf: The Badgers have had 6 four-star recruits (2 haven't played due to injury)and 0 five star recruits since 2010 and have won the B1G two years in a row and also two rose bowl appearances. That shows you right there that although high star recruits are important, you don't need them in order to be successful and perennial B1G contender.

garagewineSep. 4, 12 2:12 PM

"...wonder where this program might be with Lane as head coach and his dad Monte, as Defensive Coordinator."---Probably on NCAA suspension.

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