Biography: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past three seasons and named MAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2011. Senior passing totals included 62.9%/2942 yards/26 TDs /5 interceptions with 185 attempts/1382 yards/11 TDs on the ground. Junior passing totals included 64.7%/2530/21/5 with 836 yards rushing and seven more scores. All-Academic performer.
Positives: Athletic college quarterback with a tremendous amount of potential. Possesses terrific arm strength, gets rid of the ball with a flick of his wrist and loses nothing passing in motion. Displays a sense of timing, gets the ball to receivers as they leave their breaks and shows good field vision. Sells ball fakes, makes good decisions in the pocket and is always in control of the situation. Remains poised against the rush, gets outside the box to give himself a better view of the field and buys time for receivers. Challenges the vertical game and throws nice deep passes, putting air underneath the ball and letting receivers run to the throw. Goes through receiver progressions. Not afraid to carry the ball and picks up big yardage with his legs. Has enough escape ability to avoid defenders and elude the rush.
Negatives: Must improve his corner and fade patterns. Tries to force the ball to covered receivers on occasion. Must improve his overall pass placement and throwing mechanics.
Analysis: Harnish leads by example and is always in command of the situation on the field. Rarely losing his cool, he beats opponents with his arm or legs and is slowly transitioning from a terrific athlete into a good quarterback. He has the potential to develop into an NFL starter yet needs proper coaching and experience in a pro-style passing offense. His innate skills and football intangibles make him worth the investment of time.
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