LARAMIE – Since being named the starting center as a freshman for the University of Wyoming Cowboys, Torrington graduate Logan Harris has continued to keep his head down and work on his craft, now with five games under his belt.
“As (the season) has progressed, it’s all just become easier,” Harris said. “From the beginning of the season to the last game, my habits have become more routine.”
Harris was named the starter following fall camp, heading into the first game of the season, a road contest against the University of Iowa. The Hawkeyes were one of two power-five programs the Cowboys have faced this season. Harris said even in games against powerhouse programs, he doesn’t get nervous.
“It’s just a team you’re playing. It doesn’t feel like anything different,” he said. “Even after that first play in Iowa, I felt more comfortable. It has never been too overwhelming.”
The Pokes are 3-2 this season with wins over Gardner-Webb (27-0), Hawaii (28-21 OT) and Texas State (45-10). Their two losses so far this fall have come against Iowa (24-3) and Oregon (49-13). Several of UW’s games have been televised. Harris said that does not affect his game play, but it is nice to have family be able to watch him from afar.
The Cowboy freshman noted that his size and skill have definitely improved during his time in Laramie, but that is not the part of his game that he has seen the biggest development.
“My football smarts – being able to see a front and being able to know what to expect,” Harris said. “My mental game has definitely improved.”
Although he said he has grown a lot in several aspects of the game since stepping foot in Laramie, he still has some room to develop.
“I think coming in not as experienced, I have done well, but I have a lot of things to work on,” Harris said. “That is encouraging because I know what I can become.”
Harris has seven games remaining in the regular season to continue to work on his craft. The Pokes have home games against New Mexico (Oct. 28), Colorado State (Nov. 11) and Fresno State (Nov. 18), while hitting the road for Utah State (Oct. 14), Boise State (Oct. 21), Air Force Academy (Nov. 11) and San Jose State (Nov. 25).
Whether preparing for a home or road game, Harris will continue to lace his cleats, put on his shoulder pads and buckle his chin strap like he always has.
“Everyone just gets tuned into game time,” Harris said of preparing for games. “It doesn’t even come to my mind that I’m playing college football yet.”