Wide receiver Jamel Harbison will redshirt the 2012 season after the Minnesota Golden Gophers freshman tore his anterior cruciate ligament in Thursday's victory against the UNLV Rebels. Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that it was disappointing considering the promise of the 5'11" receiver.
"The good Lord is probably telling us we need to redshirt him anyway," Kill said of Harbison. He added later, "Am I disappointed? Yeah, I think Jamel had a chance to be one of our premier offensive players. At the same time, I know I've got him for four years."
Because the injury came so early, Harbison won't lose a year of eligibility when he returns. A freshman out of Charlotte, N.C., Harbison didn't have a catch in Thursday's 30-27 double-overtime victory. He rushed one time for two yards and was tackled hard on that play, Kill told the paper.
The coach did not know if the injury occurred on that specific play or not.