Harris gets his shot with Huskies

Decatur graduate Darin Harris is slated to get his first start in the University of Washington secondary since his freshman season Saturday against the 14th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils.

The junior safety sat out the entire 2006 season with a back injury and had thoughts that he would never play football again.

But the 6-foot, 200-pounder battled back and got his shot last week against the then-No. 1 USC Trojans at Husky Stadium. Harris played sparingly this year before a knee injury to starter Jason Wells.

“It was just weird,” Harris said at “I was like, ‘Wow, I’m playing football again.’ It was fun.”

Harris played the rest of the game at free safety against USC and finished with six tackles, and now is listed as the starter against Arizona State because Wells is done for the season.

Harris admits he wasn’t quite ready for everything that was thrown at him against USC after spending most of the season playing strong safety instead of at free safety, where the responsibilities are greater. But that should change this week against the Sun Devils.

“I know the position,” he said. “In the game, I was kind of rattled because I didn’t study the position that much during the week. But I know the concepts of the defense and everything, but the details of it, telling this person he has to do this, he has to do that, that’s what was throwing me off a little bit. But I’m prepared now.”

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