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Ok. St. ‘not counting on’ WR Michael Harrison playing in ’12

Melvin White, Michael Harrison AP

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.

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3 Responses to “Ok. St. ‘not counting on’ WR Michael Harrison playing in ’12”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 13, 2012 8:16 AM

    That is a lot of beef to refill in one year for the offensive unit. Losing two top receivers in the same year makes the going tough.

  2. mrslay1 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:39 AM

    Well be interesting to find out the real reason why.

  3. woebegong says: Feb 13, 2012 10:45 AM

    It sounds like it could be academics to me, and really, with the way they have tutors, easy courses and advantages, I don’t understand why these kids will not apply themselves, at least enough to get qualified. I think a lot has to do with laziness, and the fact, that since an early age, they have been given too much of a pass when it came to their academics, since they were good athletes.

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