Over the past two weeks, NIUHuskies.com has previewed every position on the 2013 Northern Illinois football team, continuing today with the Huskie running backs. In addition, sign up for Huskies All-Access to see a video breakdown of every position with interviews and practice highlights. The video will be available within 24 hours after the article is posted. Friday's position group: defensive line.
2013: Played in five games, starting one...Fourth on the team in rushing yards with 143 yards on 21 attempts (6.8 yard avg.) which ranks highest among NIU running backs...Recorded seven receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown on the season...Had a career-high 85 all purpose yards at Kent State (10-5), carrying the ball two times for 31 yards and catching three passes for 54 yards...Hauled in a career long grab of 55 yards at Kent State (10-5)... Carried the ball six times for 31 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards at Purdue (9-28)...Scored both of his rushing touchdowns in the home opener against Eastern Illinois (9-21)...Earned 25 yards on six carries and caught one pass for six yards against Eastern Illinois (9-21)....Carried the ball five times for 33 yards in a road win at Idaho (9-14)...Ran five times for 30 yards in the season opener at Iowa (8-31).
2012: Ranked fourth on the team in rushing with 238 yards on 55 carries as a true freshmen. Appeared in nine games. Scored his first career touchdown on a seven-yard run against Iowa (9-1) in the season opener at Soldier Field. Rushed for 25 yards and a season-high two touchdowns on 13 carries against UMass (11-3). Rushed for a season-high 66 yards and a touchdown on six carries versus Central Michigan (9-29), including a season-long 53-yard run. Tallied 46 yards on five carries at Ball State (10-6). Missed the Army (9-15), Toledo (11-14), Eastern Michigan (11-23), Kent State (11-30) and Florida State (1-1) games.
High School: Named to the all-state, academic all-state and all-conference teams as a senior at Leo Catholic High School. Named the Chicago Catholic Conference's offensive MVP after rushing for 1,774 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2011. Averaged 173 rushing yards per game as a senior, helping the Lions tie for the Red Division championship and reach the state playoffs for a second consecutive season. Gained 1,137 rushing yards and 623 receiving as a junior en route to earning first-team all-conference and academic all-state honors. Ran for 4,356 yards and 57 touchdowns in three seasons at Leo. Member of the state championship track & field team in 2011 and earned all-state honors in the 4x200 relay as a junior. Also was a member of Leo's chess team.
Personal: Born Born Oct. 31, 1993, in Chicago, Ill . Son of Keith, Sr., and Lisa Harris. Plans to major in accountancy. Enjoys running and playing chess.
HARRIS JR.'S CAREER GAME HIGHS Rushing Yards: 66, vs. Central Michigan, 9-29-13 Receiving Yards: 54, at Kent St., 10-5-13 Total Yards: 85, at Kent St., 10-5-13