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Harris‘ return could be the best sign for an offense that struggled last year, especially during a five-game losing streak that sent the Eagles to an 0-4 start in the conference. After opening up with a pair of wins over Weber State and Kent State, the Eagles never scored more than 23 points again.

“We know that we need to improve on the offense to win games,” Harris said. “That’s our goal this year: not just depend on the defense _ to do our job.”

Rettig said the offense installed by new coordinator Kevin Rogers is more wide open than last year’s. More importantly, receivers like Colin Larmond Jr., who missed all of last season after injuring his knee in training camp, will be able to stretch the field.

“We definitely have some guys that can go up and get the ball,” Rettig said. “The defense kept us in a lot of games last year. We just had to make sure we didn’t turn the ball over. We’re going to take that mindset and use it as a way to improve this year.

“Guys are excited. We want to put up a lot of points this year. We feel like we have the tools to do that.”