Harrison, who caught only five passes for 83 yards as a freshman, could play a much larger role Saturday if receiver Mohamed Sanu is unable to play or be effective as he deals with an ankle injury.
Sanu has one more reception than Harrison and 404 yards, but is also a threat in a Wildcat role with 309 yards and four touchdowns rushing and 160 yards and three touchdowns passing.
The Mountaineers have allowed eight touchdown passes this season and have had recent success against top receivers. Marshall's Aaron Dobson caught four passes for 120 yards and a 96-yard touchdown, and a week later Maryland's Torey Smith caught three passes for 149 yards and 80- and 60-yard touchdowns.
Dobson finished the season with 44 catches for 689 yards and five touchdowns and Smith is an All-ACC candidate with 65 receptions for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Since then, though, WVU allowed Cincinnati's Armon Binns, arguably the best in the Big East, 115 yards on 10 receptions and none longer than 23 yards. South Florida's Dontavia Bogan needed 11 receptions to get to 98 yards. His longest gain was 15 yards. Neither scored.
Cincinnati's D.J. Woods, second to Binns in the Big East in receiving yards per game and trailing Binns and WVU's Jock Sanders in receptions per game, caught three passes for 32 yards.
Louisville's Doug Beaumont caught a pass for 5 yards. Pitt's Jonathan Baldwin caught five passes for 76 yards while Mike Shanahan caught five. None of those four scored or made a play significant toward the outcome of a game.
Harrison credits WVU's cornerbacks. Brandon Hogan is the current Big East defensive player of week and Keith Tandy is tied for No. 4 nationally with six interceptions. Harrison noted not how well they play as much as how hard they play ... and hit.
"It's just a real physical group, a violent group, and they're going to come up and get you," Harrison said. "They're aggressive and they play hard every play. That's definitely popped up on film. You've got to use your technique and keep your head on a swivel to avoid those types of hits."
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