Oregon suspends CB Harris indefinitely

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly announced Wednesday that the team has suspended Cliff Harris indefinitely from the football program after the cornerback was recently cited for driving at 118 miles per hour with a suspended license.

The suspension entails that the star defender will at least miss the Ducks' 2011 season opener against LSU at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The nonconference matchup is one of the more highly anticipated early-season showdowns in recent memory.

The All-American defensive back and punt returner, who recorded a Pac-10-high six interceptions in 2010, led the nation with 23 passes broken up and was second in the nation with an 18.8-yard punt return average.

In the release issued by the school, Kelly emphasized that Harris' return would be dependent on his following the team's standards in place for the football program. The statement also noted that the suspension is for an accumulation of incidents and not just the one which occured over the weekend.

Look for either Terrance Mitchell or Troy Hill to take over Harris' corner spot while he is sidelined, and it's a safe bet that Kenjon Barner would be the one returning punts.

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