Harmon Speaks Up

Monday evening, I caught up with Texas Tech defensive tackle Clayton Harmon. He commented on his recent back surgery, the defensive tackle depth chart, and his goals for this upcoming spring.

Harmon missed the majority of the 2002 football season due to a back injury.  "I basically had a disc protrusion.  My nerves weren't working right.  During the NC State game, I got speared in the back, and for nearly 12 weeks, I couldn't feel anything in my left leg.  However, the surgery was successful, and I'm feeling great."


I asked him about his rehab efforts, and he replied, "I'm mostly just rehabbing, but I'm also able to do some light lifting.  I'm not hitting the weights like I'm accustomed to, but I'll be back all in good time."


During the summer two-a-days, before his back injury, Harmon suffered from a string of concussions.  He said, "They affected me little bit and kept me out of a few practices.  I wasn't in the best shape I wish I could've been in."


"We have an established goal for me to be partially back by the start of Spring practices and be ready for full reps by the end of Spring drills."  When asked about possibly being red-shirted for the 2003 season, "You know, it hasn't really even been brought up until you asked." 


Clayton Harmon then addressed the depth chart, "I fully expect to be starting next fall.  The Spring will be a big test for several who will have a chance to show their ability.  I think we'll be improved on the defensive line with Coach Ruff, and you may want to keep an eye on Milam, Scott, Fred, and Patrice because they're going to be the ones competing for starting jobs."

Harmon was finally asked about the possibility of him transferring to the University of Houston in order to play for his former high school coach, Art Briles, "That's nothing but a big rumor.  I speak for all three of us (Byran Kegans, Scott Lee, Harmon) when I say we're not going anywhere." 


Clayton Harmon was in an optimistic mood about the upcoming season, and he came across as being very confident about making it back and being a major contributor next fall. 

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