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KU’s Harris named top newcomer

November 29, 2007

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Harris named Big 12 Defensive Newcomer Of the Year

Last spring, junior college transfer Kendrick Harper won the starting job at CB opposite Aqib Talib. An injury kept him from playing most of the season, and in his place a true freshman stepped in. Enlarge video

Kansas cornerback Chris Harris (16) celebrates with his fellow Jayhawk defenders after intercepting a Baylor Bears pass. Wednesday, Harris was named Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year.

Kansas cornerback Chris Harris (16) celebrates with his fellow Jayhawk defenders after intercepting a Baylor Bears pass. Wednesday, Harris was named Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year.

Kansas University cornerback Chris Harris was named Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year by the Associated Press, it was announced Wednesday.

Harris, a true freshman out of Bixby, Okla., has started nine of KU's 12 games, being thrown into the role after a summer injury to projected starter Kendrick Harper.

Despite being a preseason backup, Harris flourished as the starter just months removed from Bixby High.

Also honored Wednesday were Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel (Offensive Player of the Year), Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton (Defensive Player of the Year), and Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree (Offensive Newcomer of the Year).

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