Kansas Picks Up WR Nick Harwell

By jameskelleher
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Jayhawks football coach Charlie Weis made a very large announcement for the Jayhawk faithful on Wednesday evening at Ramada Convention Center. All week he had been hinting towards the fact that he was working on something very big for the program and was more than excited to make his announcement.

Weis later announced what he had been waiting all week to do, and that was the fact that the Jayhawks had picked up Receiver Nick Harwell from Miami (Ohio). Harwell is a 6-1 193 lb. senior who seems to be a perfect fit in Kansas’ very weak offense. In 2011 he was the nation’s second leading receiver with  97 catches and 1,425 yards. Last season he added 68 receptions for 870 yards even while missing three games with a knee injury.

Kansas representatives seemed hopeful that Harwell would be able to play right away under the graduate-transfer rule, which allows a player to transfer and play right away after graduating at their previous school which Harwell did this past year. He will be a senior and has one year of eligibility left.

Harwell was kicked off of the Redhawks for some off the field troubles. He was arrested in March after an incident involving his girlfriend where hel ended up being charged with criminal damaging, theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle. The charge was later reduced to a single count of attempted theft, but this left Harwell searching for a new school in which he discovered the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Jayhawks offer Harwell instant playing time, and although their offense is struggling this will allow the former national standout to get more touches than he would anywhere else which will lead to the Jayhawks putting up some huge numbers through the air.

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