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Darien Harris
Darien  Harris

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Silver Spring, Md.

High School:
DeMatha Catholic

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 220

Position:
LB

Experience:
4L


01/22/2016

Three Spartans Scheduled to Play in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game

Offensive lineman Donavon Clark and linebacker Darien Harris will play for the East, while safety RJ Williamson is on the West team.

12/31/2015

Darien Harris: Molded Into A Leader

11/27/2015

Senior Day: Big Ten East Division Title & Trip to Indy on the Line against Penn State

Over the last four years, Michigan State’s 2015 senior class has won 41 games, including the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game and three postseason bowl games.

10/07/2015

Spartans Seek 11th-Straight Road Win in Big Ten Play

Michigan State is 23-9 (.719) in Big Ten road games under head coach Mark Dantonio, including a school-record 10-game winning streak – the third-longest active conference road winning streak in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.

09/16/2015

Spartan Defense Shifts Gears; Prepares For Air Force Triple Option

Unbeaten Air Force ranks second in the nation in rushing (411.0 yards per game) and eighth in scoring offense (50.0 points per game).

12/18/2014

Preparing for the Cotton Bowl

11/11/2014

Travis Jackson, Darien Harris and Marcus Rush preview Maryland

10/30/2014

Coach Dantonio and three players discuss the bye week

10/18/2014

Michigan State 56- Indiana 17

10/11/2014

Michigan State 45 - Purdue 31

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience.

Now it's time to develop a knockout punch.

Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue

12/31/2015

Michigan State vs. Alabama

Photos from Michigan State vs. Alabama on December 31, 2015.

09/26/2015

No. 2 Michigan 30, Central Michigan 10

Check out the photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against Central Michigan.

09/12/2015

Michigan State 31, Oregon 28

Michigan State defeats Oregon in the Spartans home opener, 31-28.

10/11/2014

Michigan State vs. Purdue

Michigan State vs. Purdue

09/20/2014

Michigan State vs. Eastern Michigan (USATSI)

Michigan State vs. Eastern Michigan (USATSI)

Bio (PDF) | Game-by-Game Statistics: 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

CAREER NOTES: Started two seasons at Star (weakside) linebacker . . . voted a co-captain by his teammates in 2015 . . . four-year letterwinner collected 154 tackles, including 13 for losses (28 yards), in 54 career games, including 25 starts . . . ranked among college football's strongest players (No. 5) in 2015 in a list compiled by Chase Goodbread of NFL.com; Harris can put up 450 pounds on the bench and 650 on squats . . . graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2015 . . . currently pursuing a second degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science -- human capital and society . . . father Alan played running back at Virginia Tech (lettered in 1982, '84 and '85).

CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Collected 15 tackles in four bowl games . . . tied a career high with two tackles for loss (2 yards) and had eight stops overall in the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic vs. No. 2 Alabama . . . recorded a half tackle for loss (1 yard) in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic win over No. 4 Baylor . . . saw extensive action at middle linebacker in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against fifth-ranked Stanford; collected a then-career high five tackles, including a half tackle for loss, in the win over the Cardinal.

2015 SEASON (SENIOR): Started all 14 games at Star linebacker . . . third-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches; honorable mention by the media . . . also a third-team All-Big Ten choice by Phil Steele . . . MSU's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award . . . ranked second on the team with a career-high 90 tackles (6.4 avg.) . . . ranked third on the Spartans with a career-best 9.0 tackles for loss (19 yards) . . . ranked tied for third on the team with 127 production points during the regular season . . . tied a career high with two tackles for loss (2 yards) and had eight stops overall in the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic vs. No. 2 Alabama . . . led the team with nine tackles, including 1.5 for losses (4 yards), vs. No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . had six tackles and 10 production points in the win at No. 2 Ohio State . . . tallied six stops, including a 5-yard loss, vs. Maryland . . . recorded career-highs in tackles (13), tackles for loss (2.0) and production points (35) at Nebraska . . . named one of three Spartan unsung heroes of the game vs. Indiana after delivering three tackles and a pass break-up . . . collected six tackles and 12 production points at Michigan . . . led team with 11 production points at Rutgers and had two pass break-ups . . . led team for the second game in a row with eight stops, including a 2-yard loss, vs. Purdue; had 15 production points against the Boilermakers . . . led team with eight tackles vs. Central Michigan . . . started, but saw limited action due to an injury vs. Air Force . . . recorded a career-high 12 tackles in the win over No. 7 Oregon and compiled 13 production points . . . tallied eight tackles in the season opener at Western Michigan, including one for a 1-yard loss.

2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Started 11 of 13 games at Star linebacker . . . ranked fifth on the team with 48 tackles . . . ranked eighth on the team during the regular season with 107 production points . . . tied for team lead with two forced fumbles . . . collected 3.5 tackles for loss (9 yards) . . . recorded a half tackle for loss (1 yard) in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic win over No. 4 Baylor . . . posted four stops and forced a fumble vs. Rutgers . . . had three tackles, including a half tackle for loss, along with a pass break-up, at Maryland; was named the fourth game captain against the Terrapins as he returned to his home state . . . posted five stops vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . had seven tackles, including a 1-yard loss, in the victory over Michigan . . . tied for second on the team with 24 production points at Purdue; recorded six tackles, including a 2-yard loss, and his 15-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:22 left sealed the win for MSU . . . led team with 19 production points against Wyoming (career-high seven tackles, forced fumble, fumble recovery) . . . had three stops at No. 3 Oregon . . . led the Spartans with five tackles in the season opener against Jacksonville State, including a half sack (5 yards) and a QB hurry . . . named the fourth game captain vs. Jacksonville State.

2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 14 games, primarily on special teams . . . recorded 12 tackles . . . saw extensive action at middle linebacker in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against fifth-ranked Stanford; collected a season-high five tackles, including a half tackle for loss, in the win over the Cardinal . . . recorded two tackles each against Northwestern and Youngstown State . . . had a tackle and a quarterback hurry in the Big Ten opener at Iowa.

2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 13 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . compiled four tackles, all on kickoff coverage, with one stop each against Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota and TCU . . . compiled 15 tackles in three spring scrimmages, including 2.0 for losses (5 yards) . . . produced five tackles for the White, including a 1-yard tackle for loss, in the April 28 spring game.

2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Iowa.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 32) and Rivals.com (No. 35) . . . listed among the country's top safeties by Scout.com (No. 67) . . . rated among the Mid-Atlantic's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 19) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Atlantic Team . . . listed among Maryland's Top 10 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 10) . . . played in the 2010 Chesapeake Bowl in Towson, Maryland . . . two-year starter for Coach Bill McGregor at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland . . . selected first-team All-Gameday linebacker (private schools) by GamedayMD.com . . . honorable mention all-state pick (big schools) as a running back . . . named first-team all-county . . . recorded 83 tackles, including five sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior . . . also accounted for 962 combined yards (rushing and receiving) and five touchdowns in 2010 . . . rushed 92 times for 793 yards (8.6 avg.) as a senior, including two 100-yard games (12 carries for 114 yards vs. O'Connell and 19 attempts for 159 yards vs. St. John's) . . . had five receptions for 169 yards (33.8 avg.) in 2010 . . . produced 168 combined yards on just 11 touches vs. Good Counsel (nine rushes for 89 yards and two catches for 79 yards, including a 71-yard TD grab) . . . earned third-team all-league honors as a junior after registering 40 tackles, including four sacks . . . son of Alan and Lisa Harris . . . father Alan played running back at Virginia Tech (lettered in 1982, '84 and '85) . . . born March 31, 1993 . . . graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2015 . . . currently pursuing a second degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science -- human capital and society.

HARRIS' CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 13, vs. Nebraska (11/7/15)
Tackles for loss: 2, twice (last vs. Alabama, 12/31/15)
Sacks: 0.5, vs. Jacksonville State, 8/29/14
Interceptions: 1, vs. Purdue, 10/11/14

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HARRIS' CAREER STATS

SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2012................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2013................ 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2014................ 13 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.5 2015................ 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 54 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.1

KICK RETURNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2012................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2013................ 14 1 14 0 14 14.0 1.0 2014................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2015................ 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 54 1 14 0 14 14.0 0.3

INTERCEPTIONS G No Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2012................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2013................ 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2014................ 13 1 15 1 15 15.0 1.2 2015................ 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 54 1 15 1 15 15.0 0.3

ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2012................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2013................ 14 0 0 0 14 0 14 1.0 2014................ 13 0 0 0 0 15 15 1.2 2015................ 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 54 0 0 0 14 15 29 0.5

TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2011................ 0 0 0 0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2012................ 13 1 3 4 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2013................ 14 4 8 12 0.5-0 0 0 0 0 2014................ 13 26 22 48 3.5-9 2 2 1 0 2015................ 14 42 48 90 9.0-19 3 0 0 0 TOTAL............... 54 73 81 154 13.0-28 5 2 1 0

SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2011................ 0 0 0 0.0 0 2012................ 13 0 0 0.0 0 2013................ 14 0 0 0.0 0 2014................ 13 0 1 0.5 4 2015................ 14 0 0 0.0 0 TOTAL............... 54 0 1 0.5 4