July 22, 2009

Harris blows up THSCA All-Star game

Hearing ohs, ahs, gasps and cheers are something that's common to Darrel K. Royal Texas-Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. But those accolades are rarely for a hated Texas A&M Aggie - at least not at a high enough volume.

For one night, however, that all changed Tuesday during the THSCA All-Star game in which A&M freshman defensive back and former Livingston quarterback Dustin Harris made play after play after play in one of the most dominating individual performances in the history of the 75-year old game on his way to earning Defensive MVP.

Harris had two returns for touchdowns - a 98-yard kickoff return and a 95-yard fumble return - an interception and a pass off a lateral for 37 yards to Texas freshman receiver Greg Timmons. The craziness is that Harris could easily have added to that. He nearly split the last two tacklers on the opening kickoff of the second half which would have certainly gone to the house, he had a punt return for a touchdown called back for a block in the back which was nowhere near the play, and if he had led Timmons by an extra couple yards that would have gone to the house as well.

This, however, was not what Harris was expecting.

"I was just expecting to come out here and have fun," Harris said. "On that kickoff return I saw the hole and I hit the hole and then made a few moves and made my way to the end zone. I'm not going to let nobody catch me, so once I'm in the open field it's gone. The fumble return to be honest with you was kind of luck. I wasn't expecting that at all."

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