Harrison Excited for Shot at Redemption

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Mark Harrison became a scapegoat against Louisville for his dropped touchdown pass in the 16-14 loss. A devastated Harrison spoke after the game about how he felt the loss was his fault and that he takes the team on his back. Five days since the drop, Harrison went 1-on-1 with ScarletReport.com after practice to discuss his confidence level and mental mindset.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — After Mark Harrison's widely publicized drop against Louisville, fellow receiver and friend Mohamed Sanu told him to "flush it" and move on to the next game.

Harrison, whose drop against Louisville was one of many gaffes leading to a two-point loss, said he will forget the play and move on, but not forget how he felt

"That kind of feeling drives you," Harrison said. "It makes you need to get back out there and get things right.

"I'm feeling great this week. With the support of my teammates and coaches, I really am working hard just like any other week and feeling very confident in my abilities."

Harrison said he feels nothing but confidence during practices this week.

"I'm not shook in any way," Harrison said. "I feel comfortable and confident and I'm excited for the challenge of West Virginia."

As a true freshman, Harrison did not make a reception in the home-loss to WVU, but he led the team with three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown last year in Morgantown.

With the game on ABC in New Jersey for the second straight year, Harrison said he is excited for the exposure and for the challenge of the Mountaineer defense.

"There is a lot of excitement," Harrison said. "We take every game at the same intensity, but I can tell this one is going to be special. It's a great opportunity to showcase our talent as a team."

Rutgers averages just 156 passing yards per game against West Virginia the last three years, but Harrison said the team is prepared for the challenge this week.

"West Virginia has great corners and great safeties out there," Harrison said. "I'm looking forward to that type of competition. It's another Big East championship game for us and I'm looking forward to the challenge.

"It's a good week for us to show what we can do. We have some big guys that can go up top and that's exactly what we want to do. It's something that the receivers haven't done well yet, but we're good at it. We need to start doing it."

Harrison led Rutgers in receptions, yards and touchdowns last season, but is third among receivers with just 13 catches through seven games. He is second on the team, however, with 229 receiving yards.

For Harrison, West Virginia represents a chance make everyone forget about his costly drop last week in what could be a favorable matchup for a tall, athletic receiver like Harrison.

"I'm always excited to play some football and perform in front of my friends and family," he said. "We've been focused all week in practice looking forward to West Virginia and that's how we have to be."

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