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Senior cornerback Tim Harris out for the year

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Doni Dowling to wear Harris’ jersey number as tribute

NCAA Football: Richmond at Virginia Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Cavaliers head football coach Bronco Mendenhall confirmed in his Monday press conference that an injury during the William and Mary game will end cornerback Tim Harris’ season.

There were hints in the depth chart for the Indiana game, released a few minutes before Mendenhall’s press conference began. One was a number change for Doni Dowling, from #7 to Harris’ #5. Mendenhall confirmed that Dowling requested the switch to honor Harris.

Harris played in only two games in 2016 before an injury cut his season short last year as well. His bio page on the team site indicates he was already planning to apply for a medical hardship waiver that would gain Harris an extra season of eligibility. This unfortunate news would seem to strengthen Harris’ case for that waiver.

Freshman Germane Crowell will start in place of Harris against Indiana on Saturday.