Harris, who came to Garden City after a four year hiatus from the football field for a try at professional baseball, was immediately effective, rushing for 138 yards on only 14 carries in his first game in nearly five years. Still, Larson said that it took a while for Harris to work his way back into condition.
"Football shape is different from running or baseball shape," observed Larson. "He'd make a long run, and you could see it affected him. He'd have to come out for a play or two.
"As the season wore on, he got in condition, and he really took off in the Valley of the Sun Bowl."
The numbers bear Larson out, as Harris racked up a 200 yard rushing performance in October, followed by a 18 carry, 132-yard day in his team's 39-31 bowl game victory.
Harris would be the ninth player from the 2001 Broncbuster squad to sign with a Division 1 team if he comes to West Virginia, which demonstrates the level of Garden City's talent this past season. Among those signees was linebacker Derrick Pope, who WVU heavily recruited.