MATAS | Indiana's J-Shun Harris back after 3rd ACL surgery
BLOOMINGTON, In. (WDRB)--You could say that it has been one thing after another for Indiana's J-Shun Harris.
But really it's just been the same thing: an ACL tear.
Harris played his freshman season at IU in 2014. To date, it's the only season the receiver and kick returner has made it through without a serious knee injury.
At the 1st player practice in 2015-torn ACL-missed the entire year.
At the 1st scrimmage of 2016-torn ACL-missed the entire year.
8 games in to 2017 vs. Maryland-torn ACL-missed the rest of the year.
The first setback was the first time in Harris' life that he dealt with a serious injury.
"I've never experienced pain like that in my life," Harris said.
Now this is old hat to him, and somehow is remains upbeat heading in to his red shirt senior season.
"My only response has to be positive," Harris said. "Otherwise you could get in a mentally devastated area and I didn't want to be there. I'm thankful for my family and my friends and coaches and everyone. They helped me not to get in to that dark mood."
Harris could play two more seasons at IU. He would have to apply to the NCAA for a 6th year of eligibility due to his injuries. But he's not thinking about that right now, the goal is to get through 2018 injury free.
"If I can go out and be a shining light to any and everyone. people who have gone through it, people who have not and they just want to see someone prevail, that would mean the world."
Harris already has his IU degree so he doesn't have to be there. He wants to be.