Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Mike Harris looking forward to return
By Peter Yoon
Mike Harris watched UCLA's loss to Kansas State on television, which is odd considering he is one of the Bruins' best offensive lineman.
Harris, suspended from the game for an undisclosed violation of team rules, did not make the trip to Manhattan, Kan., but he will be reinstated and become a part of the Bruin's offensive line rotation Saturday against Stanford.
"It was an odd experience watching my team on TV when I should have been there," Harris said. "I never want that to happen again and I'm really excited to be able to help my team."
Harris started at right tackle for all 13 games in 2009 and started the last five game in 2008. By missing the Kansas State game, he ended the longest consecutive games started streak on the team.
Coach Rick Neuheisel said he'd work Harris back in a rotation. The offensive line, considered a question mark entering the season, was one of the bright spots in the loss to Kansas State and Neuheisel doesn't want to disrupt the chemistry of the starting unit just now.
"As a group, I thought for the first game out, they did darn well," Neuheisel said. "We don’t need to make any changes to the starting lineup right now. It’s great to have Mike back and it’s going to be fun to watch him compete."
Harris said he's fine with not starting for now and that he's just glad to be able to get back on the field. He also said that watching on television, while difficult, actually had some benefits.
"I was watching each and every guy seeing what they’re doing right and wrong," Harris said. I became a student of the game so hopefully that will make me better."