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Harris could see playing time for Huskies

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

Last year at this time, Darin Harris was preparing for his senior season on the Decatur High School football team. And the highly-touted quarterback/safety didn’t disappoint.

Harris led the Gators to the postseason for the first time in the school’s history. He was a big man on campus.

This year, Harris is a little fish in a big pond. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder is a freshman on the University of Washington football team after signing a full-ride scholarship last winter.

The Huskies opened up training camp Aug. 12 in Seattle and are currently running two-a-day practices at the Evergreen State College in Olympia in preparation for their season opener Sept. 5 against Fresno State at Husky Stadium.

“We have impressive guys,” said Husky coach Keith Gilbertson about his incoming freshman class.

But Harris might be one of the most impressive of the bunch. For the most part, true freshman aren’t in the mix to see extended time on the field in the usually powerful University of Washington program. But things are a little different this season.

“Darin Harris will have a chance to compete for playing time,” Gilbertson said.

During their last week of practice in Olympia, Harris has been running as the Huskies’ No. 2 free safety behind junior Dashon Goldson, a junior college transfer.

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