It appears that Friday night's nationally televised football game between Madison Southern and Pulaski County will be missing its star attraction.
Madison Southern running back Damien Harris is "doubtful" for the contest, Eagles Coach Jon Clark told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday. Harris suffered a leg injury during the first half of last week's loss to Southwestern and did not return to the game.
Clark declined to confirm the exact nature of Harris' injury, but he did say the star player would not require surgery.
"He's fine. He's not out for the rest of the season or anything like that," Clark said. "He's just doubtful for this week. ... We're just glad it's nothing severe. He'll recover from it, and he'll be 100 percent. That's the most important thing."
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Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN all rank Harris as the No. 1 running back in the class of 2015, and he is UK's top recruiting priority. The 5-foot-11 prospect has 88 carries for 1,524 yards and 23 rushing touchdowns so far this season.
Clark isn't sure when Harris will return to the lineup.
"It's a process," he said. "It's one of those deals where how long he's going to be out depends on how he heals. We just have to wait and see, but he's OK. He doesn't need surgery or anything."
Harris was in Lexington on Saturday — less than 24 hours after the injury — to see the Wildcats upset South Carolina. He used crutches to get around while he mingled with other recruits and UK coaches. It was his third UK home game of the season.
Harris has narrowed his college choices to UK, Ohio State, Alabama, Texas A&M and Florida. He plans to announce his decision Dec. 12.
Clark said Friday night's game will be televised live on ESPNU as planned. The Eagles have a tough matchup in undefeated Pulaski County, the team that eliminated them from the state playoffs last season en route to a Class 5A runner-up finish.
Madison Southern also could be without senior playmaker J.D. Dean, who left last week's game with a back injury. Dean is considered questionable for Friday's contest.