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Orien Harris

position

Defensive Line

Height

6-4

Weight

302 lbs.

Class

Senior

Hometown

Newark, DE

High School

Newark HS

CAREER: One of the premier defensive tackles in college football and potentiallyone of the most dominating players in the country…Has been a stalwart inthe middle for Miami the last two seasons…Tough, durable and athletic…Annually among the team’s leaders in tackles…Has shown versatility as a pass rusher or arun stopper…In three seasons, has started 22 of 36 games played, recording 130 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and one fumble recovery…Moved into the playing rotation as a redshirt freshman in 2002 following a seasonending injury to Santonio Thomas, then took over as a starter in 2003…Criminology major.

 

2004 (JUNIOR): Started all 12 games at defensive tackle…Voted the team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year as a junior…Ranked second among the defensive linemen with 55 tackles (16 solo), adding 12 tackles for loss, 14 QB pressures and 1.5 sacks…Voted honorable mention All-ACC and selected firstteamAll-ACC by Rivals.com…Made 2 tackles and 3 QB pressures in the season opener vs. Florida State…Registered 1 tackle and 2 QB pressures vs. Louisiana Tech…Made 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 3 QB pressures at Houston…Notched 4 tackles and 2 QB pressures at Georgia Tech…Made season-high 9 tackles and 1 tackle for loss vs. Louisville…Tallied 3 tackles and1 tackle for loss at NC State…Recorded 7 tackles, including 3 tackles for loss at North Carolina…Against Clemson, made 5 tackles, including 1 tackle forloss. Got his first sack of the season…Recorded 4 tackles at Virginia…Made 2 tackles and 1 tackle for loss vs. Wake Forest…Posted 8 tackles, 1 tackle forloss and 2 QB pressures vs. Virginia Tech…In the Peach Bowl vs. Florida, made 5 tackles (3 solo), including 3 tackles for loss and 1 QB pressure.

 

2003 (SOPHOMORE): Started 10 of 11 games in which he played…recorded 39 tackles (14 solo), eight tackles for loss (34 yards), four sacks (23 yards) and 18 quarterback hurries, ranking second on team…made four tackles in the season opener at Louisiana Tech…registered a career-high eight tackles (three solo), one tackle for a loss, and one sack against Florida…had seven tackles (one solo) and 1.5 tackles for a loss versus East Carolina…six assists versus East Carolina set a career-high…third in tackles against ECU with 1.5 TFLs (five yards) and one quarterback hurry…recorded four tackles and two quarterback hurries at Boston College…had three tackles and one sack (seven yards) against West Virginia…made five tackles, including two tackles for loss (10 yards) and one sack (eight yards) in UM’s 22-14 win at Florida State…two tackles and one TFL against Temple…registered one tackle before leaving the game with an injured knee after being rolled up from behind at Virginia Tech…had arthroscopic surgery on the knee the following week and missed the next two games (Tennessee, Syracuse)…returned against Rutgers to record two quarterback hurries…made three tackles (one solo), 1.5 tackles for loss (eight yards) and one sack (six yards) at Pittsburgh…made one assist in the FedEx Orange Bowl Classic victory over Florida State…left the game with an elbow injury.

 

2002 (FRESHMAN): Became one of the team’s most productive defensive linemen as the season progressed…made 36 tackles (14 solos), one sack, one tackle for a loss, 14 quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery…made two tackles against Virginia Tech…had two stops in the win at Syracuse…had four tackles, including a season-high three solo stops, and a sack at Tennessee…had two tackles at Rutgers…had seven tackles, including two solos, and recovered a fumble against West Virginia…recorded two tackles (one solo) in the game against Boston College…played in Miami’s win at Florida, but did not register a tackle…saw his first game action as a Hurricane in the season opener against Florida A&M and made one tackle.

 

2001 (REDSHIRT): Sat out the 2001 season with a redshirt and played on the Hurricanes’ scout team.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: Newark…rated the nation’s top defensive line prospect by The Football News…named a High School All-American by The Football News…as a senior, was named Delaware’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Lineman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year…National Top 100 selection by The Dallas Morning News… recorded 130 tackles (95 solos, 35 assists), 9.5 quarterback sacks and a whopping 70 tackles for losses as a senior…career totals: 496 tackles (331 solos, 165 assists), 33 quarterback sacks, 252 tackles for losses (51 percent of his total)…a SuperPrep All-American…rated the No. 16 defensive line prospect in the nation by SuperPrep…rated as the No. 3 defensive lineman in the nation by Rivals.com…assisted his team to a 12-0 record as a senior and the 2000 Division I State Championship…rated the top overall prospect in the state of Delaware by SuperPrep…rated the No. 4 prospect overall, regardless of position, in the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, DC, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and West Virginia) by SuperPrep…solid student with a 3.28 grade-point average… coached by Butch Simpson.

 

HARRIS’S CAREER BESTS
Total Tackles . . . . .9 (vs. Louisville 2004)
Solo . . . . . 3 (2 times; last: vs. Florida 2003)
Assists . . . . . 7 (vs. Louisville 2004)
Sacks . . . . 1 (6 times; last: vs. Clemson 2004)

HARRIS’ CAREER STATISTICS

  TACKLES FUMBLES
Year G-S TT UT AT TFL QBH SACKS FF FR PBU Int.
2001 DID NOT PLAY – Medical Redshirt
2002 13-0 36 14 22 1-7 14 1-7 0 1-0 0 0-0
2003 11-10 39 14 25 8-34 18 4-23 0 0-0 0 0-0
2004 12-12 55 16 39 12-34 14 1.5-9 0 0-0 0 0-0
Totals 36-22 130 44 86 21-75 46 6.5-39 0 1-0 0 0-0