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HCA: The emergence of Travell Harris

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The sophomore kick returner/receiver has electrified fans this season.

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Going into the season all eyes were on returning slot receivers Renard Bell, Jamire Calvin and Kyle Sweet as well as the unexpected return of Robert Lewis. But a new name has entered the conversation. A little over a year ago I did a comparison of incoming freshman Calvin and Travell Harris. I gave the highly touted recruit Calvin the edge, but it was lot closer than I expected to see. Seriously, click on that link and watch his high school highlights and you’ll wonder how we didn’t see this coming. The fan base didn’t get much of a look at Harris as a freshman, but boy has he showed his sleeper potential as a sophomore in the passing game and especially on special teams.

Finally the Cougars have a home run hitter at the kick return position again as we saw Harris take one back 100 yards against Eastern for WSU’s first kick return for a touchdown in two years. Harris was named the Pac-12 player of the week for Special Teams and is leading the conference with 37 yards per return. This was so fun to watch.

He has also caught seven passes for 87 yards as a key part of a stacked inside receiver rotation. I can’t wait to see what does the rest of the season especially on bubble screens. Just another explosive weapon for the Mississippi Mustache and an additional headache for conference defensive coordinators.

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