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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hometown to honor ex-Jayhawk Harris

Former Kansas University football player and current Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) celebrates after intercepting a throw from Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer in the third quarter of a game in Oakland, California.

Former Kansas University football player and current Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) celebrates after intercepting a throw from Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer in the third quarter of a game in Oakland, California.

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The hits just keep coming for former Kansas University cornerback Chris Harris, now a member of the Denver Broncos and one of the better defensive players in the NFL.

Tonight, in his hometown of Bixby, Oklahoma, Harris will be on hand as a portion of Riverview Road in front of the Bixby High football stadium will be renamed Chris Harris Jr. Road.

In addition, the mayor of Bixby has declared that Friday henceforth will be known as Chris Harris Jr. Day in Bixby.

Harris, who recently celebrated his 26th birthday on June 18, will be joined by his wife and daughter and several members of his family who still live in or around Bixby.

On Friday, he will work with Bixby-area youths at a free football camp put on by the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation.

Shepherd honored

Former KU cornerback JaCorey Shepherd has been named one of seven male athletes from the Big 12 Conference up for the annual 2014-15 Sportsperson of the Year award.

Shepherd, a Mesquite, Texas, native and standout on the football field, also made a name for himself throughout his KU career for his off-the-field work in the community, most notably through his association with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in this year’s NFL Draft, Shepherd recently signed a pretty standard four-year, rookie contract with his new team.

The male and female winners of this year’s award will be announced today.

KU, Clark part ways

Cedar Hill (Texas) High safety Michael Clark, who orally committed to Kansas during the final week of May, is no longer listed as a KU commitment in the Class of 2016.

Clark, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound, 2-star prospect according to Rivals.com, visited SMU last week and appears to be exploring his options.

“I committed (to KU) really early, but my recruitment is still pretty much open,” he told SMU Rivals site TheHillTopics.com. “I still want to get out and see other schools. I have to go out and commit to being somewhere for four years so I want to make sure it’s the right place.”

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