Harness one to watch in Kentucky

John Hardin skated to a 13-1 record this season, before losing in the state semi-finals. The Bulldogs dominated their competition behind a strong running game, led by running back Jeremy Harness.

John Hardin skated to a 13-1 record this season, before losing in the state semi-finals. The Bulldogs dominated their competition behind a strong running game, led by running back Jeremy Harness.

Junior running back Jeremy Harness rushed for 20 touchdowns this season, leading John Hardin in that category as well as carrying for 1526 yards on the year. He averaged a blistering 12.7 yards per carry. Adding to that big play threat, Harness also caught 21 passes for 580 yards and three more touchdowns. That's an average of 27.6 yards per reception.

"I think I had a very good season rushing. I think those stats were good, seeing that this was my first year going to running back from wide receiver," said Harness.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound running back runs a 4.46 forty and is still working to improve on his already impressive skill set.

"I think my strengths are my speed, my vision and my overall knowledge of the game," he said. "I am concentrating highly on (improving) ball security. During this off season, I will be concentrating on many things. My speed, acceleration out of breaks, route running, getting stronger and my endurance just to name a few things," he continued.

Harness was extremely productive in his first year as a running back and his productivity helped John Hardin to an unexpectedly great season.

"As a team, I think we exceeded expectations. We went into this year with many teams saying that this was a rebuilding year. I think that sort of put a chip on our shoulders and made us want to come out to prove ourselves," he continued. "We had a great season and only came one game short of reaching the class 5A state championship game," he said.

On the recruiting front, Harness took a few unofficial visits and has received some letters during his junior year.

"I've been getting letters from Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, South Alabama, Western Kentucky and Alcorn State," he said. "This season I went on unofficials to Kentucky, Louisville, Western Kentucky and Alcorn State," he finished.


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