To most Washington State Cougar fans the words, "I'm back" may raise some eyebrows. Perhaps the phrase Harvey was looking for was more like, "I'm here to stay."
Once heralded as the future of the Cougar receiving corps - - he was one of just six true freshmen to play for WSU in 2001 - - Harvey's career has been detoured by an assortment of injuries during the past two years.
But 2003 looks to be the year the Sweetwater High (National City, Calif.) star makes a name for himself on the Palouse and Pac-10 points beyond. With the loss of wide receivers Mike Bush and Jerome Riley to graduation, a healthy Harvey could mean no stitches in the transition of one generation of wide receivers to another.
"During my injury I learned to study each wide receiver position," Harvey said. "That way I don't have to wait to go in behind someone. Coach can put me in no matter what the situation."
The pathway leading to Harvey's recovery involved intense cardiovascular training and re-learning some of the basics.
"I had to learn to keep my eyes focused on the ball again," Harvey said. "Since I was out all season I was out of shape and my eyes weren't staying focused on the ball."
As a result of his rigorous training Harvey said that he feels excellent. Actually, that was ... "Ex-ce-lent ... 100 percent healthy," Harvey said.
Harvey backed up his statements during Saturday's scrimmage with four receptions and 35 yards, to lead all receivers.
Harvey's height (barely 5-foot-11) is a switch from the proto-typically long, 6-foot-3, lanky receiver the Cougars have sported successfully for several years now. But Harvey relies on two intangibles: Speed and hops.
His speed is what has defenders grabbing grass as they trip over themselves trying to change directions to stay with Harvey. His leaping ability is what will allow him to go up against bigger defenders and, by the way, won him a recent dunk contest.
"We have one every year for Superstar (various competitions between the football players that take place before spring practices begin.)," Harvey said. "I didn't do so well last year so I stayed here over spring break to practice. I think I surprised some people because of my height."
To win the contest Harvey initially planned to do an alley-oop-windmill-jam, but his plans fell through.
"I just caught it so far from the rim and then all I remember was everyone going, ‘aaahhh,' " Harvey said. "I even surprised myself when I saw the film."
If Harvey can keep injuries off his doorstep the "oohs" and "aahs" will not only be coming from his teammates, but from 37,000 fans at Martin Stadium, as well.
About the author: Stephen A. Norris is currently single and good-looking. He is searching for a beautiful woman with self-confidence and great moral values. He is 6-feet-2 inches with milk chocolate skin and tight curly hair. DOB: 8-25-80. He is currently a senior Broadcasting Major at Washington State University in Pullman where he resides with his body guard-sized roommate named Zin and Zin's girlfriend, who constantly clogs up the shower drain with her long hair. Even though Norris is a Communications major he has received C's in all but one COM class, so there is still hope for all you Murrow flunkies. Mr. Norris graduated from Cascade Christian High School (Puyallup,WA) in 1999. At Cascade Mr. Norris played three years of varsity basketball and one year of varsity baseball where he sat the bench pretty much. Mr. Norris has previously worked for The News Tribune of Tacoma, The Lewiston Tribune, The Lakewood Journal, The Pierce County Herald and currently is a reporter for the Daily Evergreen at WSU. Mr. Norris also was sports Editor of The Cougar Times in high school and The Pioneer at Pierce Community College as well as Assistant Sports Editor at The Daily Evergreen spring of 2002. He has worked two and a half semesters at Cable 8 productions and can currently be seen as the host of "Pulmitically Incorrect" which airs Mon, Wed, and Fri. at 8 p.m., but only in Pullman. Mr. Norris has one sibling named Melissa, who is 20, mother Lauri and father Eric. He is from Tacoma, WA. His only pet, a feline named Midnight Anne Norris went to be with her father in Heaven last August. He currently is accepting any donations because he is a poor college student who doesn't know how he will pay April or May rent and was told Cougfan.com cannot pay him much money for his services. Thank you.