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WSU’s Harrison a bad reminder

first_img “Yeah, that’s pretty cool, especially coming from outside the top 25,” Havner said. “It doesn’t feel like (UCLA is No. 12). I just know our defense is trying to play hard and see where we can go. It really doesn’t change how I feel.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Harrison tortured the Bruins for 247 yards and three touchdowns on a school-record 42 carries in the Cougars’ 31-29 upset win last year at the Rose Bowl. That started a string of eight consecutive 100-yard games for Harrison, who is expected to lead the Cougars’ offense today as No. 12 UCLA travels to Martin Stadium. “We have to tackle him because he makes people miss,” Bruins senior linebacker Spencer Havner said. “He gets through the hole quick. He’s a patient runner who will put his foot down and hit a seam.” PULLMAN, Wash. – In a conference housing Reggie Bush, LenDale White, Marshawn Lynch and Maurice Drew, it’s easy to forget about Jerome Harrison. UCLA, however, knows better, and it’s not because Harrison leads the Pacific-10, or is third in nation, in rushing. It’s because the Bruins have already witnessed first-hand what Washington State’s senior tailback can do. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Harrison is averaging 148.2 rushing yards per game, which is a scary proposition for a UCLA defensive front that is extremely thin because of season-ending injuries to Kevin Brown and Nikola Dragovic. The Bruins – ranked 105th of 117 Division I-A teams against the run (allowing 209.6 yards per game) – start junior Justin Hickman, sophomore William Snead, sophomore Brigham Harwell and redshirt freshman Kenneth Lombard. The backups include a sophomore, a redshirt freshman, a true freshman and a walk-on. “(Harrison) is one of the most patient runners I’ve seen,” UCLA defensive coordinator Larry Kerr said. “He really uses his blockers well, but, boy, when he sticks his foot in the ground and decides to go upfield, he’s got a burst. He’s a fast, good back. He’s got quickness in the hole and he’s elusive in the secondary.” Surprise climb: The Bruins began the season listed in the middle of others receiving votes at 34th, nowhere near the Associated Press Top 25. Five straight wins vaulted the 12th-ranked Bruins to their highest mark since being No. 9 late in the 2001 season, when the Bruins lost 20-14 at No. 16 Washington State. And even Havner said he is sometimes surprised by UCLA’s quick ascent. last_img read more

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