Harbison to miss season with torn ACL

He was ranked the No. 148 wide receiver in the nation for high school players.

Charlie Armitz

Gophers wide receiver Jamel Harbison will miss the rest of the 2012 season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in Thursday’s win at Nevada–Las Vegas, head coach Jerry Kill announced Saturday.

The freshman will redshirt this season and have four years of eligibility remaining, Kill said.

An explosive, versatile player, Harbison was ranked the No. 148 wide receiver in the nation among high school players by Scout.com. He had 21 touchdowns and more than 50 receptions his senior year at Mallard Creek High School in North Carolina.

Harbison impressed with his play in the Gophers’ fall camp, but he did not catch a pass Thursday. Kill said he wasn’t sure when the injury occurred, but Harbison left the game in the second quarter after a hard tackle on his right knee and did not return.

Minnesota is still searching for a go-to wide receiver for quarterback MarQueis Gray. However, the Gophers showed good depth at the position Thursday when their receivers consistently got behind UNLV’s defensive backs. Nine receivers caught at least one pass, including Andre McDonald, another promising freshman.

The Gophers reported no injuries from Thursday’s game besides Harbison’s.