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WSU running back/receiver Keith Harrington makes 2016 debut

Washington State Cougars running back Keith Harrington  runs the ball against Arizona during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, Oct 15, 2016, at Martin Stadium in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back Keith Harrington runs the ball against Arizona during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, Oct 15, 2016, at Martin Stadium in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – Keith Harrington was a credible scoring threat on the ground and through the air for Washington State in 2015, but entered Saturday’s game having yet to play a snap this season because of an undisclosed injury.

That changed during WSU’s 69-7 beatdown of Arizona, with the sophomore carrying the ball once for three yards and adding a catch for nine yards. Prior to the season and his injury, Harrington made a position switch to H-receiver, but played at running back on Saturday, his position in 2015.

As a freshman, Harrington had 238 rushing yards and 312 receiving yards, with five total touchdowns. He was a particular menace for opponents on running back screens.

But injuries hampered Harrington during the offseason, when freshman running back James Williams emerged as a certain contributor for the Cougars. Coaches said they only planned to play three running backs, and Harrington had originally been recruited to WSU as a wide receiver, making that an easy switch.

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