Jawuan Harris Emergence Continues for Depleted Rutgers Receiver Group

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- From breakout Big Ten baseball player to featured wide receiver for Rutgers in his first 18 months, Jawuan Harris will yet again be in the spotlight Saturday as the Scarlet Knights' most significant threat in the passing game.

Rutgers wide receiver Jawuan Harris on getting separation against Ohio State...

We weren't really getting a lot of time, so it was a lot of quick passes getting thrown out, so personally, I wasn't getting pressed in the slot. The outside, we did alright. We didn't really take as many shots as we thought we would have.”

On the quarterback's role in offensive struggles...

Everyone is to blame. We had some opportunities as a receiving corps. We could have made some more plays but it's a lot of things that go into the passing game. You can't really just blame the quarterback.”

On botched double reverse pass...

We were going too fast. I probably could have slowed it down a little bit. We had Nick [Arcidiacono] open downfield. If we would have gotten that play going, we could have gotten some more momentum, maybe could have scored. You never know what happens after that. … I tried to get it back there, so [Chris Laviano] could throw it away. I kind of missed him, and then he had to fall on it.”

On five drops against Ohio State...

It definitely is an area of concern. I feel like we can throw and catch better. That's on everybody – the offensive line, the quarterback and the receivers. It's a whole part deal.”

On more responsibilities after Janarion Grant's injury...

I think I'm doing alright. Every time I get asked to do something, I just make sure I do it to the best of my ability and with great detail and try to get it done. … I know the offense pretty well, and now we're throwing in some new stuff. It's easy for me to adjust.”

On battling Ohio State...

I feel like we had some more opportunities we left out on the table as always. People talk about all the hype. I don't feel like they were all that, but we had some opportunities that were left out there.”

On being a feature guy...

I felt like with Janarion down, I did take a lot more responsibility. That's the name of the game. I'm excited for it. … I definitely like the challenge. Playing Michigan this week since they play a lot of one, we'll be able to get some good matchups with the safety in the slot or a linebacker in the slot. Hopefully if I get some big plays, it will drive some momentum.”


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