NATCHITOCHES - Northwestern State football coach Bradley Dale Peveto said Monday he has reinstated former starting quarterback Paul Harris, ending a suspension which began at halftime of the Sept. 1 season-opening win over Delta State.
Harris, a junior from Tara High, was indefinitely suspended for conduct detrimental to the team after outbursts on the sideline and in the locker room during halftime of that game. He has been excluded from all team activities since he was banished to the stands by Peveto before the third quarter began on Sept. 1.
Harris, who has started 14 games including the opener, will be evaluated in practice this week as the Demons (2-2, 1-0 Southland Conference) host McNeese State (2-1, 1-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Junior college transfer Brad Henderson has sparkled while Harris has been suspended. He remains the Demons starting quarterback.
“Paul made a big mistake and has paid a big price,” Peveto said.
The 18-member Demon Deacons leadership council, players from each position group, met with Harris on Sunday night to consider his status. Peveto accepted their recommendation to reinstate Harris.