Allen encouraged by Harris’ recovery

Tom Allen hasn’t seen J-Shun Harris at his best.

That’s because the Indiana coach wasn’t on staff when Harris played his most recent college football game in 2014.

But Allen is encouraged with the slot receiver’s recovery from last summer’s ACL injury — Harris’ second in as many years — and anticipates that the redshirt junior will be able to contribute again this fall.

“Since I’ve been here, he’s always been injured, unfortunately,” Allen said. “This summer is the best he’s ever looked since I’ve been around him. I’m excited about him.”

Harris is coming back from ACL tears in both knees, one to his right knee during the summer of 2015 and one to his left knee during last year’s fall camp.

As a freshman in 2014, the Fishers product caught 18 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He also featured on special teams, leading IU with 19 kick returns for 391 yards.

Harris played in all 12 games that season, earning IU’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year award. 247 Sports and BTN.com also named him to their respective All-Big Ten freshman teams.

Entering next week’s fall camp, Harris is expected to one again compete for time in the slot with Isaac James and Luke Timian.

Allen also likes what Harris can give Indiana on special teams.

“He’s going to play a big role for us on special teams as a returner, then getting him the ball as a slot (receiver),” Allen said. “(He’s) very explosive, quick. Any time you’re coming off two ACL surgeries, that’s tough. He’s as healthy as he’s ever been since I’ve been around him. We feel good about him going into fall camp.”

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  1. I am glad to hear Harris is healthy once again as it isn’t easy to rehab twice from ACL injuries. Whop is in the house and could be a returner with very good speed. I hope gest can be a KO returner because we need a tough and very fast runner on KO. I hope we see improved special teams as coach Allen focuses on ST.

    I hope Harris stays healthy and avoids injuries to see how good he can be at slot.

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