Jahvid Best's injury won't slow FAU tight end Harmon
After feeling concern for Cal running back Jahvid Best, the thoughts many Florida Atlantic fans that saw Saturday's injury immediately turned to tight end Jason Harmon, wondering "Could this happen to him?"
The top video show's Best's injury. To recap, Cal was at the Oregon St. 7-yard line when Best took the ball and raced toward the end zone pylon. When he got there Best found multiple defenders waiting for him, so he tried to hurdle them.
A Heisman Trophy candidate, Best cleared one of the potential tacklers, but a second one got to him and propelled him even higher into the air. Best landed in the end zone on his upper back and neck, knocking him unconscious. Medics placed him on a stretcher and gave him oxygen before taking him straight to the hospital. Best suffered a severe concussion. Latest reports have him resting at his parent's home.
FAU fans know that Harmon also likes to take to the skies to avoid defenders. A couple such examples from this year alone appear in the second video.
I talked with Harmon following Wednesday's practice. He'd seen video of Best's injury, but didn't seem too worried about incurring the same misfortune.
"That's inexperience," Harmon explained. "He tried it, but they were expecting that. That was crazy that he got flipped that high, though."
Harmon added that the coaches haven't said anything to him about reining in the hurdles. He says spontaneity is what makes his hurdles effective.
"It seemed like (Best) planned it the whole time," Harmon said. "It just didn't go his way."
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