Some of Damien Harris’ most impressive plays at Madison Southern have come out of what is commonly known as the “Wildcat” offense.
Harris — the nation’s top-rated running back — takes the direct snap, reads the defense and goes from there. Madison Southern used the formation three times in Friday’s season opener, and Harris scored twice on runs of 75 and 56 yards.
Last season — when Harris was committed to Michigan — the offense was called the “Wolverine” formation. That’s not the case this year. Harris is no longer committed to Michigan and has narrowed his list to Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Texas A&M.
“We came with some new names,” Harris told the Herald-Leader with a grin. “We’ve got Buckeye, we’ve got Aggie, we’ve got Gator. Those are really the only ones, because we only have three formations out of it. So we just picked three schools and said we’ll go with it.”
So there’s no “Wildcat” play in the Wildcat offense?
“The whole thing together is called Wildcat,” Harris explained.
That leaves Alabama as the only school on Harris’ list that isn’t represented in the offense. “We didn’t have enough formations,” he said. “Someday had to be left out.”
One of his coaches then joined the conversation. “When Damien goes in on defense, we call that ‘Bama,'” he joked.
Harris will announce his college decision Dec. 13. His senior schedule includes a game at Paul Laurence Dunbar in Lexington on Sept. 12 and a home game against Pulaski County on Oct. 10 that will be televised live on ESPNU.
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