Spring top 12: Jack Harris

Sophomore Jack Harris was playing as well as any Colorado offensive lineman early in fall camp prior to the 2010 season and might have earned the starting job at right tackle if not for a sprained shoulder. Now in his third year in the program, Harris showed this spring he is more than ready to get on the field in 2011. He is No. 7 on our list of the top Buffs of spring ball.

With Nate Solder moving on to the NFL, sophomore David Bakhtiari has moved from right tackle to left tackle creating an opportunity for someone to fill the hole on right side at Colorado.

There figured to be a fight for the job between Jack Harris and Bryce Givens, but Givens got himself suspended for the 2011 season for off-the-field issues. The truth is, Harris might have beaten him out regardless.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound tackle from Chaparral High School in Parker will see the first playing time of his career this fall, and this spring he appeared more than ready for it.

Harris is solid in both run and pass blocking for a player of his experience. He will improve from here and should be on the field a lot over the next three years for the Buffs.

Coaches want to see him continue to be more physical, especially in the running game. Playing next to mammoth guard Ryan Miller in 2011 will give the Buffs a formidable right side of the offensive line that pretty much any program in America would love to have.

The Buffs are thin at tackle behind Harris and Bakhtiari so it will be important for both players to stay healthy this season.

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