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Tulare CounTy FooTball Preview 7 There seems to be a never-ending pool of talented football play- ers that emerge from the Tulare Union Tribe program. And while those players usually are skilled in one position, every now and then they get an all-around true athlete. Senior Kazmeir Allen is the latest in a long line of true athletes that have worn the cardinal and gold. Last season, Allen emerged as a true athlete as he took over the tail back duties from Romello Harris. He rushed for 1,842 yards and 27 touchdowns. His average carry was 9.1 yards and his longest run was 89 yards. Head coach Darren Bennett says that it is Allen's ability to go from a complete stop to full speed in two strides. But what has college coaches talking is his im- pressive catching ability for a tail back. As a junior, Allen was second on the team behind Emoryie Edwards after he caught 46 passes for 582 yards and 7 touchdowns. "I'm versatile, you can put me at any position besides the line and I am going to perform," said Allen. Colleges have taken notice of Allen's versatility and offers have begun to flow in. He is listed as a three-star all purpose back according to But thus far Allen has been non-committal recently withdrawing his verbal commitment from Boise State. The offers from two PAC-12 schools, Ari- zona and Allen's "Dream School" Cal might have had an impact on his decision to part ways with Boise State. Allen is still sitting down with other schools from the PAC-12 such as Oregon, and USC. No matter where Allen goes to school, he will make a sudden impact on the field and expects to excel in the class room where he will study real estate business. First thing's first, though. Allen still has his senior season for the Tribe. So have we seen the best of what Allen has to offer? He doesn't think so. KAzmEIR allen Running Back / Tulare Union Tribe michael Harris will tell you the "III" behind his name is for sharing the same name as his grand- father and father, who played football at Golden West. But this football season, it could also stand for "triple threat." Harris is a three-year starter on defense, proven to be a unique talent on special teams, and a contributor to the offense both as a runner and receiver last year. This year, Harris has plans to bring his offensive game up to the level of his stellar defensive playmaking ability. "I'm more educated in the offense, I have more experience, and I have the trust of the coaches on offense this year," Harris said. "I'm ready for the role." As a junior, Harris carried the ball 32 times for 191 yards and crossed the goal line four times. Harris also caught 8 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. On special teams, he handled 11 kickoffs and returned two of them for touchdowns contributing to his nearly 300 return yards on the season. Harris hopes to finish this season with more than 2,500 all- purpose yards, tripling his total from last year. "I want more op- portunities to make more plays for my team," he said. "The more ways I can touch the ball, the more ways I can help my team win." On defense, Harris will continue to lead the secondary from his cornerback position. Last season, Harris led the secondary in several statistical categories with 38 tackles, two interceptions (including one for a touchdown) and was the team's second lead- ing sackmaster with 3.5 sacks. His play was a big part of holding all but two teams to 21 points and outscoring opponents 345-188 on the season. Harris said he already has an offer to play college ball at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. He is also talking with Azusa Pacific, San Jose State and Fresno State Universities as both a cornerback and wide receiver/running back. He currently has a 3.5 GPA and plans on majoring in sports medicine. mICHAEL Harris III Running Back / Redwood Rangers

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