Wyoming expects to redshirt senior tailback Harris

Updated: August 14, 2005, 6:46 PM ET
Associated Press

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming coach Joe Glenn said it appears likely that senior running back Joe Harris will have to redshirt this season.

Harris, UW's second-leading rusher last season with 94 carries for 409 yards and four touchdowns, returned to Laramie Friday after being back home in Kansas because of a death in his family.

While at home, Harris cut off the tip of his right middle finger in a kitchen accident. That, coupled with his ongoing rehabilitation on his left knee following offseason surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament, has Glenn thinking Harris will be redshirted.

"We're 99 percent sure," Glenn said after Saturday's practice in Laramie. "It looks like at this point we will redshirt him."

Harris came to UW last season from Butler County (Kan.) Community College and played in 10 of 12 games for the Cowboys.

Glenn said UW's leading rusher last season, junior Ivan Harrison, continues to improve from offseason knee and shoulder surgeries. Although he is doubtful for the Cowboys' season-opener Sept. 3 at Florida, there is a chance he will be ready for games later in September.

Redshirt freshman Wynel Seldon appears to be the starter at running back right now, Glenn said.

UW practiced in full pads for the first time in fall camp Saturday.

During some 11-on-11 work at the end of practice, junior cornerback Derrick Martin knocked down a long pass intended for senior wide receiver Jovon Bouknight. Senior defensive end Aaron Robbins recorded a tackle for loss on senior wide receiver Jason Wallace, and senior quarterback Corey Bramlet completed a long pass to sophomore receiver Hoost Marsh.

Junior defensive end Adam Diehl recorded a sack on sophomore quarterback Jacob Doss.

Glenn said players who have had a solid fall camp thus far include sophomore strongside linebacker Sean Claffey, sophomore wide receiver Taber LeMarr and true freshman defensive tackle Erick Pauley from Green River.

Glenn also said his veteran players have looked good after five practices.

"We've got to get to a scrimmage and then evaluate guys at ramming speed," Glenn said.

UW's first scrimmage of fall camp is set for Wednesday.

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