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Running Wild for the Cats

June 21, 2006

Albany -- Wildcats fullback James Harris was an impact player in South Georgia's win earlier in the season against Memphis.

Harris scoring three touchdowns when the Wildcats beat the Xplorers 48 to 41 for their only win so far this season, and head coach Donnie Davis says Harris will again be a big factor when the Cats travel to Memphis this week.

"I let him know now he's getting ball," says Davis. "We're going to run the ball. We have to go with what works until they prove us wrong, and right now he's going to be an integral part of what we do."

Harris knows the Xplorers will be waiting.

"They're going to be ready to play when it comes to game time Saturday," says the fullback/linebacker.

Harris says finding the endzone three times against one of the leagues top teams was not a surprise to him.

"I expect to do that every game. You have to expect to do that every game. Hopefully I can get one, and we can pull out with a win."

Coach Davis says, "When we get an opportunity to run, 30 to 40 yards in this league, in one game, is a huge amount of yards rushing, and that's what we set our goal for this week. We're going to put it out there, let him get the ball, and see what happens."

Davis says the six-foot-one, 260 pound rookie fullback has had a big impact on the team.

"He's local, Albany State alumni, and he's helped us become one of the top rushing teams in the league. What he brings to the table is invaluable."

The Wildcats are second in the league in rushing at 34 yards per game.

James Harris is also third on the team in tackles with 37 1/2.

South Georgia plays at Memphis Saturday at eight o'clock.

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