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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


04/25/2016

Special Bond Among Winningest Senior Class on Full Display at Awards Banquet

Class of 2015 won the most games (43) of any senior class in Michigan State history.

04/25/2016

Watch Spartan "NFL Dreams" Series

04/24/2016

2015 Spartan Football Awards Banquet Recap

Aaron Burbridge named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.

03/16/2016

Several Spartans in the Spotlight as Michigan State Holds Annual Pro Day

Nineteen former Spartans audition in front of NFL coaches and scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Building.

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.

12/18/2014

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