With Justin Blackmon off to an early start to an NFL career, Michael Harrison was expected to be one of the players Oklahoma State turned to to replace the record-breaking wide receiver’s production.
Unfortunately for Mike Gundy and the Cowboys, that may not be the case.
As rumors swirled over the weekend that Harrison might no longer be a part of the football program, the Daily Oklahoman is reporting that the receiver’s status for the 2012 season is uncertain. A source would not confirm to the paper that Harrison was no longer a part of the program, but did say that they are “not counting on him” for the upcoming season.
No reason was given for the abrupt uncertainty surrounding Harrison’s status for next year. A situation related to academics nearly kept Harrison out of the 2011 opener; it’s unclear whether the current issue is related to the old one.
Counting Blackmon and his 121 receptions, 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns, OSU will have to replace four of its top six pass catchers from the 2011 season, not to mention starting quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Harrison, with 20 receptions for 255 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore last year, was expected to be one of the replacements.