|17 Derrick Harris
An entertaining playmaker who will battle Danny Webster for starting duties at the "H" inside receiver position and could also experience an enhanced role in ECU's revamped special teams units as a kick and punt returner ... A quick and capable pass catcher whose versatility allows the Pirates some creativity with different sets in the passing game ... Turned in another solid spring showing, which included added reps because of Webster's injury ... Recorded a unit-high 45 receiving yards on three catches during the first spring scrimmage on March 31 ... One of the grabs was a 27-yard scoring pass from Cody Keith ... Did not record any statistics in the second contests, but wrapped up spring work with a four-reception, 38-yard effort during the Purple-Gold Game (April 14) ... Strength and conditioning numbers of note include a 410-pound back squat and a time of 7.0 in the three-cone drill ... Began collegiate career at NCAA Division II power Valdosta (Ga.) State, but transferred to ECU prior to the 2010 campaign and was able to be a one-year teammate of brother Dwayne Harris, a notable record-setting receiver and kick return specialist who was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2011 NFL Draft.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2011: One of many reliable receivers who also provided the East Carolina special teams' units with a spark the final three games of the season ... Appeared in 10 games and started three (Tulane, Southern Miss, UTEP) during initial campaign on the active roster ... Finished debut season with 23 receptions for 168 yards and one touchdown ... In a special teams' role, ran back 15 kickoffs for 286 yards ... Gained 204 kickoff return yards in the final two contests of the year, against UCF and Marshall (102.0 ypg) ... Finished second on the team with seven kickoff returns of 20 or more yards ... Returned season's only punt for a one-yard gain versus the Knights ... Tallied one rushing attempt during the year, collecting two yards on a third-quarter carry against Southern Miss ... Targeted 25 times as a receiver, hauling in 22 passes (88.0 percent reception rate) ... Totaled three games with four or more grabs (six/Navy, four/Southern Miss and Marshall) ... Made at least one reception in each of the final seven games of the year after having just one catch through the first five contests ... Hauled in all six passes intended on third down, converting five into firsts ... Was also successful catching nine-of-10 passes on second-down attempts ... Recorded 16 of season's 23 receptions during Conference USA contests ... Finished fifth on the squad with 14 grabs for 107 yards during five road clashes ... Came on strong in the second half of the season, making a squad fifth-best 19 catches for 139 yards during the final six games after tallying just four receptions for 29 yards during the first six tilts ... Returned the opening kickoff of the second half against Marshall a career-long 44 yards, the longest kickoff return for the Pirates during the season and the best since a 47-yard runback by brother and former ECU standout Dwayne Harris on Oct. 30, 2010, at UCF ... Ended the contest against the Thundering Herd with a Pirate season-high 135 kickoff return yards ... Recorded a career second-best four receptions at Marshall, making one catch in each quarter ... Hauled in a career-long 15-yard reception during ECU's final drive versus Southern Miss, helping to set up the Pirates' last touchdown ... Made first start versus Tulane, catching two passes that resulted in first downs during the second half ... Set career bests with six receptions and 48 yards against Navy ... Caught initial touchdown of career in the second quarter at Memphis, snaring a 12-yard strike from Dominique Davis ... First reception was a four-yard grab during the third quarter against South Carolina in the season opener.
2010: Transferred into the ECU program in the fall and
participated in practice sessions as a member of the scout team, but did
not experience game action because of transfer regulations.
as both a running back and wide receiver, rushed for 79 yards and one
touchdown on 32 carries during sophomore campaign at Valdosta State
... Also was on receiving end of six passes for 18 yards ... Credited with
four special teams tackles.
2008: Played sparingly as a true freshman for
the Blazers, mostly in a special teams role.
High School: A three-year
letterman and senior team captain for coach Franklin Stephens at Tucker
High School ... A two-time all-county selection for the Tigers ... Played
in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game after senior campaign.
Personal: Full name is Derrick Lamar Harris ... Born October 28, 1989 at Rockdale, Ga. ... Son of Dwight and Robin Harris ... Brother Dwayne was a four-year (2007-10) letterman at ECU who set single-season and career records in both receptions and reception yards before being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft ... A family community services major ... Hobbies include movies and video games ... Says fans are the best thing about being a Pirate ... Credits family for being the most influential on his career.