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@Trey_Scott3 how many helmets does %%MATCH_1%% break?— J Michaelsen (@emptylot) August 1, 2014
Thanks for the question. I'm sure Jordan's laughing about it, just like he chuckled when Paul Rhoads this spring said he was a guy who'd knock somebody's filling loose.
I wouldn't put money on Harris breaking any helmets, so instead let's talk about his current situation. The Cyclones signed Harris out of Copiah-Lincoln JUCO in December, the sub-6-foot linebacker looking like the sure replacement for Jeremiah George in the middle of ISU's 4-3 defense. George led the Big 12 in tackles per game; Harris led the NJCAA in total stops with 124.
Harris began the spring third on the depth chart and that's where he began fall camp, too, though we have to take the depth chart with a grain of salt at this point. Anyway, Harris worked with the twos and threes in the Monday practice the media watched, while Alton Meeks got first-team reps. The Cyclones didn't sign Harris to be a backup, but they're also not going to hand him a starting job for no good reason. I asked Rhoads at Media Days in Dallas whether there's any concern about Harris and his future:
"Jordan Harris' biggest attribute still is when the lights go on, he makes plays. When you break it down into pieces, he's not fully where he needs to be as far as understanding the defense and getting aligned consistently. Neither was Jeremiah George. George took two full years on campus and the light didn't go on for him until his third year and you can arguably say it wasn't completely bright then because he had A.J. in one ear and Jake in the other helping him accomplish that. You want to get him in there sooner rather than later but it's gonna happen when it happens. I can't force it and say, 'By August 30, by God, you are going to know everything.' But he will knock your cavity loose and that's a pretty important piece to the game."
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