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44   Maurice Harris
Maurice Harris

Class:
RS Sophomore

Hometown:
Homestead, FL

High School:
Homestead

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 212

Position:
LB


2009 Outlook: One of the most talented players among a young group of linebackers...Harris has struggled to consistently stay on the field due to injuries...had a strong spring and will enter the fall battling with true sophomore Nigel Bradham for a starting assignment...the Iron Nole winner for the defense this spring.

Freshman Season (2008): Earned playing time in three games as he worked to recover from a knee injury suffered during the 2007 season...suffered through nagging ankle injuries that hindered his opportunities to make a bigger impact following an excellent off-season...playing time came against Chattanooga, Georgia Tech and in the Champs Sports Bowl versus Wisconsin...played in six games during his career - three in 2007 and three in 2008...earned the Academic Award for the sophomore class on the defensive side of the football.

2007: Played in three games but did not appear in a game the rest of the year after suffering a knee injury against Colorado...recorded two tackles on special teams...one came in each game versus Clemson and Colorado...granted a medical redshirt.

High School: Graduated from Homestead High in 2007...rivals Top 100 in the state of Florida and a three-star prospect...Scout.com had Harris rated the 24th-best prospect at his position in 2007...Rivals listed him as one of the top 40 outside linebackers in the nation in 2007...ran the 40 in 4.4, benches 300 pounds and has a 35" vertical leap...won the Spark competition at the NIKE combine in Miami finishing first among 400 athletes...had 112 tackles, 12 sacks, four forced fumbles and one interception in 2006...named first team All-Dade, first team all-state, Defensive MVP, Homestead News Leader's All-Star Team and was selected to play in the All-American Bowl and Dade/Broward All-star classic...also wrestled in high school winning the Dade County wrestling tournament...GMAC Champion wrestler and also a runner-up in districts...chose FSU over North Carolina, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Rutgers, NC State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.

Personal: Born June 12, 1989...major is social science...one of the most active members of the student-athlete population in terms of community service...a recipient of the ACC Top Six for Service Award...has volunteered nearly 50 hours of his time to community service endeavors...has volunteered with programs like the Special Olympics, Upward Bound and Tallahassee Parks and Recreation...also donated his time to the Great American Smoke Out, Riley and Hansford Elementary schools, Capital City Youth Services and numerous other organizations.

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