The 6'3", 225-pound Harris, son of former Cincinnati Bengals tight end M.L. Harris, has developed into a lethal run-pass threat in the Falcons' spread offense, which is first in the country in scoring (477 points per game) and fourth in total yardage (492.4 per game). Coming out of Westerville ( Ohio) North High, he was recruited by Ohio State and Penn State, but as a defensive back. "I threw the ball only a few times a game in high school," he says, "but I knew I could play at this level."
The Falcons can go undefeated and untied in the regular season for the first time since 1959; their biggest obstacles are a showdown with MAC West rival Northern Illinois on Nov. 9 and a Nov. 30 date at Toledo. "We've come together even faster than I had hoped," says Meyer. "I guess I got their attention back on Black Wednesday."
Arizona State Revival
Clearing the Air, Then Airing It Out
Arizona State quarterback Andrew Walter is proving that there's nothing like making a good second impression. After a dominating 27-16 victory over Washington, the Sun Devils are 7-2 overall and 4-0 in the league, tied for first with Washington State, which they visit on Saturday. Walter, a sophomore who took over as starter from Chad Christensen after four games, has thrown for more than 400 yards in three of his five starts. He had long been regarded as having more talent than Christensen, but second-year coach Dirk Koetter had chided him for his flawed fundamentals, particularly poor footwork and inconsistent throwing motion. A summit meeting last spring among Koetter, Walter and his parents wasn't "touchy-feely," Koetter said last week.
Walter laughed at that description on Sunday and said that Koetter was half right: "Touchy was the word for it. He didn't think I could run the offense the way he wanted." Walter considered transferring but decided to keep working. Asked if his fundamentals had improved since last spring, Walter said, "No, not really. A lot of it is confidence. Getting the chance to perform has helped—knowing I can lace it in there or put touch on it. Coach and I have a good relationship. It's not like it was last spring."