Harris has pulled hamstring

Updated: September 12, 2004, 9:14 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia running back Kay-Jay Harris is questionable for Saturday's game against (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) Maryland with pulled hamstring.

The (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) Mountaineers lost Harris early in a 45-20 win at Central Florida on Saturday night.

"It's not a major hamstring [injury]. It's something we're going to have to monitor day to day and see if he'll be able to go," West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said Sunday.

Harris was bothered by various leg injuries in the preseason, but set a school and Big East record with 337 yards rushing in the opener against East Carolina.

The Mountaineers will probably need him against Maryland. West Virginia lost twice last year to the Terrapins, including in the Gator Bowl.

"It would give us another weapon on offense. He has the ability to break a long one, but we'll just see how he responds to treatment and reacts as far as getting himself ready to play," Rodriguez said. "Our medical staff is optimistic."

With Harris out against UCF, Rasheed Marshall threw for four scores and ran for a fifth. Sophomore Jason Colson ran for a career-high 108 yards against Central Florida, topping the 104 yards he gained against Temple last year.

West Virginia moved up two spots in the ESPN/USA Today poll and three spots in The Associated Press poll Sunday, the Mountaineers' highest ranking since they were third entering the Sugar Bowl against Florida on Jan. 1, 1994.


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