2013 Times All-City Football Team Offensive Player of the Year, Brandon Harris, Parkway, Sr.

Brandon Harris’ versatility as a passer and runner garnered him The Times All-City Offensive Player of the Year honors, but many likely don’t know about his toughness.

Harris played part of the Class 5A championship game with a broken finger on his left hand (non-throwing), receiving 21 stitches after the game.

“I was running the ball on a designed QB run, and I run up the middle and the guy hit me,” Harris said. “I had an issue before (received 34 stitches in a previous injury), and the buckle of his helmet got me.

“I wasn’t about to come out of that game, so they taped it up.”

Parkway coach David Feaster it’s easy to see Harris’ arm and skills on the field, but his toughness often goes unnoticed.

“He never missed a play in the ball game,” Feaster said. “He took a lot of shots this year because we ran him a lot of more.”

“We were very happy with our backup (Keondre Wudtee), so we were willing to allow Brandon to pull it down and run it if nobody was open. He took a lot of hits, but he never missed a beat.”

Harris’ stats were staggering as he operated an offense that averaged 48 points per game. He threw for 3,172 yards on 178-of-329 passing with 34 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. He added 1,048 rushing yards with another 15 scores.

The LSU signee gave plenty of memorable moments to the Parkway faithful, but he said he wants fans to remember what this team and senior class accomplished – a program-high 43 wins in a four-year span and eight of the program’s 11 playoff wins.

“I really don’t want them to remember me, I want them to remember the things we did as a team,” Harris said. “I want them to remember us playing together, going undefeated in the regular season, beating some really good teams in district.

“I want them to remember us battling, not complaining about the (home) playoff ban. Doing everything we could do and fighting it out to the end.”

Harris will play in the Under Armour High School All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 2 before reporting to LSU on Jan. 15.

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