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  Akil Harris
Akil Harris

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Duarte, CA

High School:
Monrovia

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 210

Position:
TB

Birthdate:
12/11/1980

UCLA — Akil returns for his senior season after ranking third on the team in rushing a year ago … This talented back enjoyed a very good Spring … His experience and ability make him a valuable component in the backfield … He has developed into a power back, giving the Bruins a nice one-two punch with Ebell … He could also contribute on special teams, especially returning kickoffs.

2002 — Started the first four games of the season at tailback and appeared in all 13 games … Against Colorado State, he ran for a team-high 94 yards on 13 carries … His one-yard touchdown run with 9:52 remaining in the game, coupled with Chris Griffith’s PAT, gave the Bruins the lead for good, 14-13 … His 35-yard run in the fourth quarter set up the Bruins’ final touchdown of the night … At Oklahoma State, he led the Bruins with 83 yards on 17 attempts … Had 31 yards on 15 carries against Colorado … Ran for seven yards on five carries against San Diego State … Ran for 25 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns at Oregon State … His 34-yard run set up UCLA’s final touchdown of the game … Rushed for 52 yards on eight carries at Arizona … Had five yards on two carries against USC … Was a member of the punt, kickoff and kickoff return team units on special teams during the season.

2001 — On the year, he was the team’s second-leading rusher with 375 yards and three touchdowns on 76 attempts … In the season-opener at Alabama, he carried once for eight yards on UCLA’s first touchdown drive, setting up Ed Ieremia-Stansbury’s scoring run … At Kansas, he carried five times for eight net yards … He netted five yards on four carries versus Ohio State … At Oregon State, he was the team’s second-leading rusher with 74 yards on seven carries … His career-long 54-yard run to the one-yard line set up DeShaun Foster’s final touchdown of the game … In the win over California, he carried twice for 49 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown … He did not carry versus Stanford but returned two kickoffs for 45 yards … He had three kickoff returns for 69 yards at WSU and averaged 22.8 yards on his five kickoff returns during the season … He made his second career start against Oregon and rushed for 79 yards on a career-high 29 carries, including a one-yard touchdown … At USC, he gained 14 yards on six attempts off the bench … Against Arizona State, he made his third career start and rushed for a career-high 138 yards and one touchdown on 22 attempts … He also had a non-scoring run of 50 yards … Saw action in the Bruin backfield in nine games … On the field for 53 plays against Oregon and 48 versus Arizona State.

2000 — In his first season of action, Harris was the team’s No. 3 rusher with 201 yards … His average of 4.5 yards per attempt was the best on the team … He appeared in six games on offense and played 48 snaps at California, 20 versus Oregon State and 19 against Arizona State … Prior to entering the Arizona State game late in the second quarter, he had one career carry for one yard … On his first attempt of the night, he raced around right end for 23 yards and his first career touchdown … In the third quarter, he tied the game with a seven-yard TD run … In the fourth quarter, he ran 33 yards on UCLA’s field goal drive that gave the team a seven-point lead … On the night, Harris gained 100 yards on 13 carries and teamed with Jermaine Lewis to become the first pair of Bruins to rush for 100 yards in a game since 1996 … At California, he led the Bruins with 59 yards on 20 attempts … He also made two receptions for 25 yards, including a screen pass on which he broke a tackle and turned it into a 20-yard fourth-quarter touchdown … Harris made his first career start against Oregon State … In that game, he rushed for 38 yards on nine carries, including a nine-yard touchdown run, and made two receptions for 36 yards.

1999 — Did not see action in his first season with the program and has one year of eligibility remaining.

HIGH SCHOOL — Lettered three years in football as a tailback for coach Steve Garrison at Monrovia High … A SuperPrep All-American … Ranked 10th (tied) among running backs by the National Recruiting Advisor … Rated the No. 18 running back in the nation and the No. 14 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region by SuperPrep … A PrepStar All-American who was rated the No. 5 running back in the Western Region … Cornwell All-American … Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram National 100 … Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West squad with eight votes … Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 … Listed as the Top Prospect in the West Region by Blue Chip Illustrated … Member of Orange County Register Fab 15 second team … First-team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports … Named second-team All-CIF Southern Section … Selected All-CIF Division X … All-Rio Hondo League Offensive Back of the Year … L.A Times All-San Gabriel Valley … Pasadena Star-News West San Gabriel Valley Player of the Year … As a senior, he rushed for 2,660 yards (West San Gabriel Valley all-time single season record) and 32 touchdowns on 278 carries … Had a single-game best of 400 yards and six touchdowns vs. South El Monte … Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game … In SuperPrep’s pre-season issue, he was rated No. 32 nationally among running backs and No. 23 among all players in the California/Nevada/Hawaii region … PrepStar pre-season All-American … As a junior, he rushed for 2,037 yards and scored 23 touchdowns … Also caught 12 passes for 421 yards and five scores … As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,029 yards and 12 touchdowns … Team made two consecutive Division X championship appearances in 1997-98 (runners-up each year) … Three consecutive Rio Hondo League championships (1996-98) … Three-year team record of 31-5-2 … Undefeated in league for three consecutive seasons (14-0-1).

PERSONAL — Full Name: Akil Jamaal Harris … Born: December 11, 1980 in Bellflower, CA … Parents: Morris and Diane Harris … Has one brother, Morris, Jr. … Patterns his style of play after Terrell Davis of the Broncos … Hobbies include basketball, lifting weights and reading sports magazines … Cousin Jason Harris played football for the University of Washington, 1994-98 … Earned spot on the Director’s Honor Roll in Spring 2000 (3.00) … History major.

Varsity Statistics - A. Harris
Rushing

Year

TCB

Yds

YL

Net

Avg

TD

Lg

2000

45

204

3

201

4.5

3

33

2001

76

386

11

375

4.9

3

54

2002

80

337

14

232

4.0

3

35

Totals

201

927

28

899

4.5

9

54

Career Highs
Rushing: 138 yards vs. Arizona State, 2001; 100 yards vs. Arizona State, 2000


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