SR.comTop 25: WR Mark Harrison (No. 11)

Rutgers receiver Mark Harrison has incredible athletic ability, but the sophomore is coming off an uneven season in which he caught five passes for 83 yards and also battled injuries. However, his talent level and experience make him an important part of the 2010 season, which is why he is No. 11 in's Top 25 countdown of imporant players for the upcoming season.

Mark Harrison has the same size and speed as former Rutgers great Kenny Britt, and when the latter opted to head to the NFL after his junior season, some people quickly decided Harrison was going to be the next Britt.

The comparisons, under normal circumstances, were unfair. And given Harrison played last season with an injured groin that required offseason surgery, it made even less sense to compare arguably the best receiver in school history with a freshman.

However, Rutgers' receiving situation is unsettled, at best, which means the experienced players must perform well.

Given Harrison's athletic ability and the experience he gained last season, he is No. 11 on's Top 25 countdown of the most important players for the 2010 season.

However, Harrison has plenty to prove as the Scarlet Knights hope for a complement to Mohamed Sanu at the receiver spot.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Harrison brings plenty of potential, but is also coming off a pair of injuries – the groin problem early and a concussion late -- that limited his effectiveness.

While some members of the media drew comparisons to Britt, Harrison has a long ways to go before those comparisons hold any type of merit.

Not only did Britt leave Rutgers as the Big East's all-time leader in receiving yards, he made an immediate impact as a freshman when he caught 29 passes for 440 yards. In eight games, Harrison caught five passes for 83 yards as a freshman.

Harrison possesses loads of potential because of his size and speed, clocking in at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash. His leaping ability gives him another weapon. He also improved markedly in the spring, running better routes and doing a better job catching balls.

He also has worked closely with receivers coach P.J. Fleck to gain a better a understanding of his role in the offense, and how to find the open areas in a defense.

Harrison is needed for Rutgers' passing game to excel in 2010.

However, if Quron Pratt's spring development continues into the fall and Harrison does not continue to show the promise he did in the spring, Harrison's role could diminish as the season moves along.

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