Harris Making Strides in Offense

RB Michael Harris

Sophomore Michael Harris has seen an increased role in the offense the last two games. Following an injury to A.J. Ellis, Harris has stepped into the rotation at running back. Check inside to see the latest on Harris and running game…

Michael Harris was one of three running backs to have eight carries in last Saturday's win over Cal Poly. Fresno State used the three-man rotation to operate the run game. Harris discussed how it felt to get in the flow of the game.

"It was good," said Harris. "You could see I didn't play the whole first half, so I was getting kind of hungry. I couldn't wait to get in there. When coach threw me in I was ready, so it felt great."

Harris carried eight times for 61 yards in the 38-17 win over Cal Poly. Teammate Tracy Slocum also carried eight times and Robbie Rouse had 14 rushes. Harris discussed the injury situation and the distribution of carries.

"The running back position is a hard position," said Harris, "and you get banged up a lot. To be honest all five of the running backs, we've all been getting banged up all season."

Slocum and Harris have been the only two backs to dress out all four games. Rouse leads the team in carries, however, with 41 of the teams' 148 rushing attempts.

"None of us are really fully healthy, but that's why you got to stay mentally ready and be prepared anytime your name is called to get in there," added Harris.

Harris worked hard in the offseason to get ready for the fall.

Harris's role increased against Cal Poly, after getting four carries and a touchdown versus Ole Miss. The running back discussed his role in the offense in the upcoming weeks.

"Hopefully I get in there more," said Harris. "And as long as I stay consistent, that should help me more in the future. So hopefully I can get in there, gain some yards, and help the offense with the rushing game."

Running back A.J. Ellis is out versus Hawaii. Rouse, Slocum, and Harris are all expected to be used in the offense Saturday. The ‘Dogs kick off at 7 p.m. PT in Bulldog Stadium.

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