Breaking: Rutgers football wide receiver Taj Harris is stepping away from football

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Transfer wide receiver Taj Harris is stepping away from Rutgers football, the standout playmaker said in a statement posted on Monday afternoon.

Harris saw limited snaps on Saturday, the transfer wide receiver registering a single catch in Rutgers football’s 22-21 win at Boston College.

A transfer from Syracuse (with a brief stop in Kentucky this winter), Harris is a big-play wide receiver who possesses size and speed. The hope was that he could add to a wide receiver corps at Rutgers that has depth and explosiveness.

Last season, Harris played just three games before leaving Syracuse and ending up in the transfer portal. He played one of those three games against Rutgers, registering eight catches for 122 yards in a 17-7 loss for Syracuse.

 

On Monday during his press conference, Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano spoke to the media about Harris. This was before the player issued any statement on social media indicating that he was leaving the team.

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Schiano said that Harris’ role on Saturday was due to competition at the wide receiver position and not an indication of anything off the field.

“I think it’s just competition. We have a lot of guys that are playing. You saw we played a lot of guys at a lot of positions, and that was on purpose,” Schiano told reporters.

“I’m hopeful that his reps will grow as we get more and more comfortable. He is a newcomer that has worked hard to get himself in a position to compete. I’m hopeful that that grows.”

In the annual spring game, Harris led all wide receivers with four catches for 44 yards. He had a first quarter touchdown catch from Noah Vedral to open the scoring.

Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire