ECU's Harris To Play In Under Armour Senior Bowl

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina record-setting receiver and 2010 Conference USA Most Valuable Player Dwayne Harris has been selected to participate in the Jan. 29 Under Armour Senior Bowl. He will suit up for the North Team, which is being led by Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.

Harris, who was a first-team all-conference selection as a wide receiver and punt returner in 2010, set Pirate single-season records with 1,123 receiving yards and 101 receptions. He became one of only three ECU pass catchers to ever record over 1,000 receiving yards in a year and the only one with 90 or more grabs during a season. In his final campaign, Harris led C-USA in receptions per game (7.8) while standing third in receiving yards per game (86.4) and all-purpose yards per game (176.0), and fourth in punt return average (11.7). Among all 2010 FBS players, he ranked fourth in all-purpose yards per game and sixth in receptions per game. Harris also finished in the top 25 at the FBS level in total reception yards (15th), receiving yards per game (18th) and punt return yards per game (21st).

In the East Carolina career record books, Harris established program-best marks for receptions (268) and receiving yards (3,001) and is the only Pirate to ever surpass even the 2,000-yard milestone. He also ranks second on the program list in career touchdown catches with 20. In C-USA history, Harris stands fifth in career receptions and all-purpose yardage, seventh in kickoff returns and kickoff return yardage and 10th in receiving yards.

An all-around threat, the Stone Mountain, Ga., native owned East Carolina's longest punt return (56 yards) and rush (49) last season while also contributing a 39-yard touchdown pass. He had a team second-best 48 receptions resulting in a first down and squad-high 20 grabs on third-down plays. Harris was also the Pirates' offensive leader with 13 "big plays" (20+ yards), all receptions.

The Senior Bowl, and preparation for it, serves as a springboard to the National Football League as the event's practices, which begin Monday, Jan. 24, are attended by over 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and front office personnel from the 32 NFL teams. At the 2010 NFL Draft, 84 players off the Senior Bowl roster were selected, including 10 in the opening round.

East Carolina has sent four players to the prestigious January game in the last five years with Aundrae Allison (2007), Chris Johnson (2008), Matt Dodge (2010) and C.J. Wilson (2010) all representing the Pirates. In ECU history, 13 players have taken part in the event.

Kickoff for the Senior Bowl is set for 4:00 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The game will be nationally televised by the NFL Network, which will also cover each of the four practices leading up to the contest.

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  • by Go Pirates on Jan 26, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    Dave, your obsession with ECU, while flattering, is very creepy. Dwayne Harris will have no problem with the mental aspect of the professional game. If he hires a good speed coach, and improves his 40 time, his draft stock will skyrocket.
  • by Dave Location: Find out for yourself on Jan 24, 2011 at 06:10 PM
    Johnson is a running back; it's not too hard to run left, right, or up the middle. An NFL WR needs to learn to run routes and have proper timing with his QB.
  • by Bob Location: NC on Jan 24, 2011 at 05:18 PM
    if chris johnson is smart enough to learn a playbook dwayne harris will be peyton manning like dave
  • by JTG on Jan 23, 2011 at 05:57 PM
    I agree with Dave. This kid isn't ready for the NFL.
  • by ???? Location: under world on Jan 23, 2011 at 04:53 PM
    Dave: Its sounds like your mouth is writing checks your body can't cash. Gold's or pm, I assume its the G'ville location. Later Davie... look forward to our meeting.
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Jan 23, 2011 at 03:34 PM
    Dave, do you know Dwayne well enough to be able to guage his intelligence or are you again exhibiting your unique ability to talk out of you rear end? You are talented is so many ways.
  • by Auntie Location: Atlanta on Jan 23, 2011 at 02:33 PM
    Dave...For a dumb guy my nephew broke all of ECU's records. So maybe the person who read the college plays for hime will continue to read the NFL plays for him. George Bush was dumb and he was elected president twice and I bet you voted for him. So make sure you are around at the end of the day. I have watched Dwayne make the transition from Pee Wee football to High School to college and He has never disappointed me or the ECU fans. Your opinion is just that Your Opinion. What exactly do you do?
  • by Dave Location: Your nightmares on Jan 23, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    Let's do it Mods Nightmare. I'm at Golds gym M-F from 4:15 to 6:15.
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Jan 23, 2011 at 12:33 PM
    Dave, I'd love to meet you in person. What'ya say?
  • by Dave Location: In the zone on Jan 22, 2011 at 09:07 PM
    Dwayne Harris is not smart enough to learn an NFL play book.
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