"The last two weeks the offense hasn't given up a ball and today they gave up four," Carroll said. "It was a big day for the defense today."
Harris has been very productive during practices this season and has shown plenty of potential, much like fellow freshman cornerback Byron Moore.
"He's a really good prospect," Carroll said of the first-year player from Las Vegas. "He's a guy that at this time of the year, we are now looking to protect his year, and he is going to be a big factor for us when we get to spring football."
Harris is one of several freshmen getting extra reps during the bye week.
"He's getting a lot of turns against the best guys this week and he can hang," Carroll said. "He's a good football player."
With four seniors in the secondary, Harris is a player that will be in the mix for playing time next year.
"That's why we have played all the young guys and stressed the emphasis of them getting turns against the good guys and making sure that we get evaluations and make them grow," Carroll said. "We are trying to help those guys for the future."
- Sixth-year senior Josh Pinkard has been a valuable asset for the 2009 defense, and as Pete Carroll said today, his presence this year will have an effect on the younger players for years to come.
"With his experience and wherewithal he makes other guys better too. He is teaching the young guys how to play," Carroll said. "He's got tremendous savvy for the game and he can convey to the other guys. Not only is he helping us this year but he is helping us in the years ahead."
- Defensive end Armond Armstead will continue to rehab with the training staff this week to get him ready for a return to practice next week.
"He is going to practice next week with the objective that he is going to be able to play that week," Carroll said. "He has to get his legs back going.
"We really won't know until he goes Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday next week."
- Defensive end Nick Perry has been given the rest of the week off after banging his bruised knee for the third time on Tuesday.
"We are going to rest him the rest of the week and make sure we give him a chance to get this thing as quieted down as possible," Carroll said. "He keeps banging it. It was exactly the same knee and same spot."
- Wide receiver Ronald Johnson continues to make good progress during practice.
"RoJo got good work again today. He's creeping through this week and getting his legs back," Carroll said. "I don't think we could get him back in full shape by next week, so we just got to make sure we manage this really well and not overdo it."
Carroll said that Johnson will have at least a limited role when they face Notre Dame in South Bend.
- Carroll visited with Stafon Johnson at the hospital Tuesday night and said the senior tailback will undergo tests on Thursday to assess his progress.
"I had a really good visit with Stafon last night. He looks great. He feels good and he would like to get up and get out of there," Carroll said. "He's going to try and prove it to the doctors that he is capable of that."
Freshman Torin Harris had an interception and forced a fumble during Wednesday's practice.
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