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OSU football: Wide receiver Michael Harrison's status uncertain

Source tells The Oklahoman that OSU was “not counting on him” playing in 2012. Harrison was a candidate to slide into a starting role next season with the departure of outside receivers Justin Blackmon and Hubert Anyiam.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: February 12, 2012
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STILLWATER — Oklahoma State wide receiver Michael Harrison's status for the 2012 football season is uncertain, a source told The Oklahoman on Sunday night.

Rumors surfaced this past weekend that Harrison was dismissed from the team. The source did not say that Harrison was no longer a Cowboy but said that OSU was “not counting on him” playing in 2012.

Harrison tallied 20 catches for 255 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011. He was a candidate to slide into a starting role in 2012 because of the departure of outside receivers Justin Blackmon and Hubert Anyiam.

Harrison was briefly ruled ineligible by the NCAA before the 2011 season but was reinstated before the Cowboys' opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

If Harrison does not play in 2012, it makes what was an already thin group returning at receiver even thinner, as inside receivers Josh Cooper and Colton Chelf were seniors this past season. Tracy Moore, Isaiah Anderson and Josh Stewart will be the top targets coming back in 2012.

OSU signed six wide receivers — C.J. Curry, Austin Hays, Jhajuan Seales, Brandon Sheperd, Jesse Vester and Blake Webb — in its 2012 recruiting class. The Cowboys also signed pass-catching junior college tight end Blake Jackson, and athlete Dominic Ramacher is expected to start his OSU career as a tight end-receiver, as well.