Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cliff Harris' Oregon career at the crossroads, and this time we hope he lets someone else drive

Until June 16th of this year, Duck fans counted on Cliff Harris to be one of the strengths of Oregon's drive for another successful season. Even then, everybody hoped Cliffy would go back to being Cliffy, the dynamic, wonderfully gifted athlete with the flair for the memorable quote or the highlight film moment.

As a sophomore he set a school record with four punt returns for touchdown. He led the team and the conference in interceptions and pass breakups, returning a pick of Tennessee's Matt Simms for a back-breaking 76-yard touchdown. When the Oregon offense couldn't get anything going against the Cal strategy of crash the zone read, fake injuries and hold receivers, Kash elevated the entire team with a 64-yard punt return for a score. He picked Andrew Luck twice. He blanketed the Trojans and baited Matt Barkley into an interception.

Photo right: Cliff Harris, brilliant, electric, enigmatic, and a colossal screw-up, soars for a pass breakup against Tennessee last season. Can he harness his ability and find the maturity to succeed, as a player and a person? (photo courtesy

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