WR Michael Harrison, who was expected to return to Oklahoma State football this season, now will not rejoin team
Here’s the latest turn in the Michael Harrison saga. Likely the last one.
Oklahoma State recently released its 2013 spring football roster, a handy tool as I prep for practice to begin on Monday.
As I scanned each position while working on this daily series that will lead us up to that first workout, I noticed that Harrison wasn’t listed. I was told in December that the Cowboys expected him back in 2013 after serving his NCAA suspension for the 2012 season.
So I inquired about it. And now, it appears things have changed, as an OSU source told me Harrison is no longer expected to rejoin the team. The source stressed Harrison did not get in trouble, but that his commitment to the program was in question.
This is a bit of a surprise, but not entirely. Since he was suspended by the NCAA, not Gundy, Harrison could have remained part of the program last season, staying in shape and engaged while likely practicing with the scout team. Instead, he opted to leave before spring practice began when he knew he wouldn’t be able to play in any games in 2012.
Harrison, who recorded 20 catches for 255 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011, certainly would have added a boost to OSU’s receiving corps. But the unit still looks strong heading into 2013.
After being granted a medical redshirt following a season-ending ankle injury, Tracy Moore will return on the outside, as well as Charlie Moore and Austin Hays. In the slot, leading receiver Josh Stewart is back, as well as fellow starter Blake Jackson. Others expected to contribute include outside targets C.J. Curry, Brandon Sheperd, Jhajuan Seales and Nick Rockwell and inside targets Blake Webb, David Glidden, Torrance Carr and John Goodlett.
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