Updated Thu, May 23, 2013 10:11 am
Miami RedHawks All-MAC wide receiver Nick Harwell will have a new place to call home in 2013. ESPN’s Bret McMurphy announced Wednesday night that the senior is transferring to Kansas for the upcoming season.
Harwell was suspended indefinitely from the football program after he was arrested in early April on charges of criminal damaging, theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle at an off-campus location. The school confirmed earlier this week that Harwell was no longer enrolled at Miami after going through the school’s standard appeals process.
McMurphy tweeted out Wednesday night that it is unknown whether Harwell will be eligible to play immediately at Kansas, as his status was deemed, “TBD” by Kansas’s compliance and academic staff.
In 2011, Harwell was the second leading receiver in all of the NCAA, averaging 129.6 receiving yards per game. He also amassed 97 receptions for 1,425 yards and nine touchdowns, earning him first-team All-MAC honors and an All-American Honorable Mention by Sports Illustrated. In 2012 Harwell followed his sophomore season by hauling in 68 passes for 870 yards and nine touchdowns.
Harwell leaves Miami as one of the greatest receivers in program history, ranking second in career receptions with 229, second in receiving yards with 3,166, and third in receiving touchdowns with 23.
The departure of Harwell is another big loss for the RedHawks for the 2013 season. The team is now without its top wideouts from 2012 in Harwell and Andy Cruse (now with the NFL’s Houston Texans), as well as All-MAC quarterback Zac Dysert.
His departure also comes as a boost for the Ohio Bobcats defense. Harwell pulled in 33 catches for 520 yards and two touchdowns in three career games against Ohio, including a Miami single-game record of 219 receiving yards against Ohio in 2010.
The RedHawks and Bobcats are scheduled to play on Oct. 26 at Peden Stadium for the 90th edition of the Battle of the Bricks rivalry. Miami ended Ohio’s undefeated season in 2012, beating the Bobcats 23-20 in Oxford, snapping Ohio's six-year winning streak over the RedHawks.