Tuesday Question - 08/17/10


Generally, we are the "authors" of "content" around here - "here" being a blog and not a message board. Recognize, we do, that you've come here not to contribute, but to consume. Nevertheless, there is the sporadic occasion where, either for our benefit or for to exercise the thinkifiers of the masses, we ask you a question. Today's question is ...

Do you believe what you're hearing about Melvin Harris?

So often we get practice reports detailing how some player is going to break out.  I remember the "great strides" Bradley Sowell had made going into 2009.  So, I am fearful of what I've heard about Melvin Harris.

I will go on record saying that the development of Melvin Harris into a serious option in the passing game would be the second most important position development for the 2010 Rebels.  His three catches in 2009 laid practically no foundation for anyone to believe that he would be a solid contributor this year.  And my impression from our good friend EtOH has been that Harris has not exactly broken out during fall camp.  Last Tuesday, he reported that Harris was playing with the third team behind Richie Contartesi (who, I could not make this up, one Brandt commentor sweared deserved more playing time).  Of course, then on Saturday, EtOH proclaims him one of the "winners" of the scrimmage.

And Brandt has said good things about Melvin Harris on multiple occasions.

Why do I think it matters?  Because I remember Marcus Monk.  The 6'6" 220 lbs. at which Arkansas listed Monk his senior year sounds a lot like the 6'7" 220 lbs. at which we are listing Melvin Harris.  I understand that there is more to a body than frame, but Harris would not be the first wide reciever to learn how to use his hands.

I just remember thinking from the Grove Bowl that Harris was about fifth on the depth chart.  Our recap of the spring game reflected that, as well.  When you're fifth on the depth chart and watching Richie Contartesi get playing time, you don't exactly inspire my confidence.  But the outlets covering practice seem to think Harris has a chance to prove something in 2010.  Do you believe them?

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