Harris has potental for breakout 2005

ATHENS – Replacing Fred Gibson and Reggie Brown's production in 2005 would be very difficult to begin with.

But in the fall, Georgia will be in the precarious situation of having to replace those two players with relative no names –all the while shifting their offense to a more running-based attack.

The one receiver that could turn heads this fall, however, is Kenneth Harris. Harris' body is what most coaches want at their receiver spot, and he's not shy about going to get the ball – at least he wasn't during spring drills. He said working on being more physical, however, has been something he has had to learn.

"Spring practice was real tough – it was very physical," said Harris. "I feel like I am progressing like I need to – I still need to work on my blocking and route running. My blocking hasn't been where I want it to be for a while, and I am trying to raise it up before the season starts.

Harris redshirted last season, but will likely play special teams and gets reps at receiver: how much playing time is still up in the air. Harris has the potential, however, to have a surprisingly good freshman season.

"I catch the ball pretty good. But all Coach Eason stresses to me is the blocking part of the game. That's one thing he's said – ‘If you do well, but you don't block, then you won't play,'" said Harris. "It can be discouraging, but everyone has something to work on; you can't just go out there and be perfect. As long as I have something to work on, that's fine with me."

Harris admitted that playing at a smaller high school did not prepare him for the physical play of the SEC.

"My attitude has gotten better since I've gotten here because I have grown up. I come from a small school, and we were not focused on football a lot. I feel that I have grown up on the football field. I know what's expected of me now. I know what the coaches expect. I've gotten stronger because of the work in the weight room, and I've gotten a little faster and quicker," he said.

Strength and conditioning will be a staple for Harris in the future. He says, however, getting to Athens in the condition he was in was just a result of not knowing how much work he really needed to do to get prepared.

"I think the weight room has really helped me a lot. I knew it would be more physical up here, and I tried to prepare myself, but you can't prepare yourself until you are here and you are really doing it," said Harris.


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