Harbor Impresses in Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game Events
EL PASO, Texas -- Missouri State tight end Clay Harbor has enjoyed a week of national attention and headlines leading to last Saturday's fourth annual Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game.
After collecting three receptions for 22 yards in the East-West Shrine game in Orlando on Jan. 23, Harbor was equally impressive in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game on Feb. 6 in El Paso, Texas.
Though he had just one reception, for 11 yards, Harbor turned heads throughout the week during workouts with his Texas team.
Unlike the East-West Shrine Game, when he was a last-minute addition and participated in just one practice, the native of Dwight, Ill., had an entire week with NFL scouts in attendance during Texas vs. the Nation workouts.
Missouri State's all-time leader in pass receptions was part of the winning team in both all-star events, helping the East team to a 13-10 win in the Shrine game before a dominant 36-17 win by his Texas team in the Texas vs. the Nation event.
Over the previous three years, 93-percent of the Texas vs. the Nation game participants have signed NFL contracts.
Harbor has also been invited to the National Football League Scouting Combine to be held Feb. 24-March 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The 2010 Scouting Combine is the annual job fair for prospective new NFL players. For six days at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, players are put through a series of drills, tests and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel including head coaches, general managers and scouts.
"It is a great opportunity to compete against guys from the BCS schools and show that there are a lot of great athletes at the FCS level," Harbor said in January. "I am very excited about the opportunity and look forward to showing the NFL teams what I can do on the field."
Harbor earned Division I FCS first team All-America honors in 2009 from The Sports Network, Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation, and The College Sporting News. He also was named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team for the third consecutive year and earned a spot on the MVFC All-Silver Anniversary Squad. He was one of just 10 players in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision to be unanimously selected to The College Sporting News Fab 50 team.
In 2009, Harbor recorded 59 receptions for 729 yards and 4 touchdowns. He had the most receptions by a tight end in the MVFC and second-most nationally. He also led all tight ends nationally in receiving yards per game (66.3). He ended his Bears' career as the school's all-time receptions leader (150) and was third in career receiving yards (1,906). He finished with receptions in 33 consecutive games to tie an MSU record and notched four 100-yard receiving games this season and six for his career, which also tie institutional records.
Former NFL scout and draft expert Russ Lande posted a daily Texas vs. the Nation summary for the Sporting News Today. Harbor was mentioned as one of the Texas team standouts in every post throughout the week. A summary of those is below:
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Saturday, Feb. 6
Sunday, Feb. 7