Harris staying on at Kentucky

2013-06-06T21:45:00Z 2013-06-06T22:53:12Z Harris staying on at KentuckyStaff report Ledger Independent
June 06, 2013 9:45 pm  • 

What's more difficult than impressing one Southeastern Conference football coaching staff?

Proving oneself again for the staff that follows a fired set of coaches.

Mason County alum Josh Harris, who will be a redshirt freshman at Kentucky in the fall, is attempting to accomplish that feat, and despite an erroneous newspaper report Thursday to the contrary, Harris plans to stick it out under new coach Mark Stoops with the Wildcats and give it his best shot.

A Courier-Journal reporter erroneously included Harris among a tweeted list of players leaving Kentucky football on Thursday morning, citing an unnamed source.

That hastily brought this response from Mason County coach David Buchanan: "Josh Harris will be back at UK this fall. He is working his tail off to win a starting position. I just got off the phone with his dad Larry and he had just finished talking to Josh. Josh is a Wildcat."

Buchanan acknowledged the initial uncertainty inherent for any player under a new coaching regime, but said he thinks Harris is in good shape.

"He did a great job in the spring game," Buchanan said. "He had five tackles, and whenever there's a change over on staffs, you know you can be a little nervous and you know there's a possibility that things won't work out, but Josh is a super young man, he's a Kentucky kid, he's a strong student, and he's also a very good football player.

"I still think in the long run that it was gonna work out for him because of those things, and I do like the Kentucky staff, and I think that as time goes on, I think it's gonna turn out to be very good."

Kentucky football spokesman Tony Neely declined comment on behalf of the program.

An attempt to reach Harris for comment was unsuccessful.

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