Oklahoma State's Harrison to miss 2012 season
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Monday, February 13, 2012
2/13/12 at 3:58 PM
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy still has not addressed the situation, but a source confirms that Michael Harrison – considered to have been the most talented of the Cowboys’ returning outside receivers – has been suspended for the entire 2012 season.
During the 2011 season, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Harrison was a third-year sophomore. Injuries sidelined the Atlanta, Texas, native for road games at Texas Tech and Iowa State and affected him in several additional games. He finished the season with 20 receptions for 255 yards and three touchdowns.
Harrison’s biggest catch occurred during the Fiesta Bowl – a 16-yarder at the Stanford 4-yard line. On the next play, OSU’s Joseph Randle scored the tying touchdown that sent the game to overtime.
Before the Fiesta Bowl, Cowboy quarterback Brandon Weeden assessed Harrison’s potential: “I think Mike Harrison has the chance to be really, really good. He has great hands. Like (Justin) Blackmon, he has a chance to be special.”
The Harrison suspension leaves OSU extremely thin at outside receiver. Isaiah Anderson, who will be a senior during the 2012 season, is the only returning outside receiver with any legitimate experience. He had 26 catches last season.
Oklahoma State’s recruiting class included three outside receivers – 6-2, 205-pound C.J. Curry of Flowery Branch, Ga.; 6-1, 195-pound Brandon Sheperd of the St. Louis area; and 6-2, 180-pound Jhujaun Seales of Port Arthur, Texas.
Oklahoma State receiver Michael Harrison is dragged down by Kansas State defensive back Allen Chapman during a game this season. JEFF LAUTENBERGER/Tulsa World