Player Profile – G Darryl Harris

As the lockout continues, we are taking a very personal look at some of the little known players on the roster that might be able to step up and provide help on the field during the 2011 season. We’ve featured WR Jerheme Urban, DT Anthony Toribio and OT Bobby Greenwood. This week its G Darryl Harris, one of the many SEC players that dot the Chiefs roster.

At the start of the Chiefs 2010 training camp, Brian Waters was hobbling and working with the first team offensive line at left guard was Darryl Harris, a first-year player who had spent just three games on the active roster in his 2009 rookie season. Harris looked good at the spot and while everyone knew Waters would return and reclaim the starting job he held for 10 seasons, it was exposure that gave Harris a chance that he might be able to provide depth at the guard spot.

But then the injury bug that Harris has battled his entire football life got in the way. A sprained knee in early August sent him to the sidelines and by the time the pre-season was over, Harris was set for another season on the practice squad. He will get another chance to establish his NFL future in the 2011 training camp and pre-season.

PERSONAL FILE

Darryl Deyung Harris

Born – January 14, 1985, in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Family – Mother is Sandra Harris.

Grew-up – In Clarksdale, the county seat of Coahoma County, in the far northwest corner of the state, butting up against Arkansas. The town was a major agricultural center in the Mississippi Delta in the early 20th Century, when it had a multi-cultural mix of white, black, and immigrants from Italy, Lebanon and China. It was also an important center for the development of the music form known as blues and is the home of the Delta Blues Museum. The “King of Soul” Sam Cooke was born in Clarksdale. At various times musicians like Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker, John Lee Hooker, Big Jack Johnson and Ike Turner were residents. Another native of Clarksdale was New York Giants QB Charlie Conerly, who led his team to three NFL titles. Currently the population is right around 20,000.

BODY OF WORK

  • Height – 6-feet, 3¼ inches.
  • Weight – 300 pounds.
  • 40-yard dash – 5.15 seconds.

    NFL TIME-LINE

  • May 8, 2009 – signed as undrafted rookie free agent with the Chiefs.
  • September 5, 2009 – released by the Chiefs on the final roster cut before the start of the regular season.
  • September 6, 2009 – added to the Chiefs practice squad.
  • December 19, 2009 – signed to the Chiefs roster for the final 3 games of the season.
  • December 20, 2009 – played in his first NFL game, appearing against Cleveland.
  • August 5, 2010 – injured his right knee during a training camp practice.
  • September 4, 2010 – released by the Chiefs on the final roster cut before the start of the regular season.
  • September 5, 2010 – added to the Chiefs practice squad.
  • January 12, 2011 – signed by the Chiefs to a reserve/futures contract.

COLLEGE

Harris was part of the graduating class of 2008 at the University of Mississippi, earning his degree in Exercise Science. He also spent time working on second undergraduate degree in Sociology. Harris spent six years at Ole Miss as the NCAA granted him an extra year of eligibility in May of 2008 on a medical waiver.

During his time with the Rebels, Harris played at all five offensive line positions, starting 22 times at center (9), left tackle (1), left guard (8) and right tackle (4). At one point in the span of two years he was moved from tackle, to guard, to center, to guard and back to center. He also played for three different head coaches in his time there – David Cutcliffe, Ed Orgeron and Houston Nutt.

2008 – He got eight starts at left guard in the Mississippi lineup, after a strong off-season performance when he received the J. Richard Price Courage & Compassion Award. He played next to LT Michael Oher, who became well known from the book & movie Blindside.

2007 – Playing in 5 games, Harris started against Auburn at right tackle.

2006 – Harris started 3 games at right tackle before suffering a knee injury that forced him out of the last 9 games of the season.

2005 – He started 9 games at center for Ole Miss, but missed two games because of an injury. Harris started the pre-season practices working at both left and right guard, but missed spring practice because of a knee injury.

2004 – Played in 5 games with 1 start at left tackle for the Rebels. At the start of pre-season camp, Harris was ranked as the third-team LT.

2003 – Harris sat out the season as a red-shirt during his freshman year.

HIGH SCHOOL

Harris was part of the graduating class of 2003 from Clarksdale High School, part of the Clarksdale Municipal School District.

He played varsity football for the Wildcats over four seasons (1999-2002) under head coaches Jim Hughes and Jesse Murphree. Harris spent most of his time on the offensive line, but also played some snaps on defense.

Clarksdale won District 3-4 title all four seasons that Harris participated, and made the Mississippi 4-A title game three times, winning once.

FOOTBALL

2002 – The Wildcats finished 9-2 on the season, winning a district title and then losing in the second round of the state playoffs. Harris was a full-time starter on the offensive line and was a first-team district choice and a second-team All-Mississippi selection.

2001 – Clarksdale won the Mississippi 4-A championship, beating South Pike (Magnolia) 13-0 and finishing the season with a 13-1 record. Harris was a full-time starter.

2000 – A 12-2 season for the Wildcats ended in the state title game, losing to McComb High 14-0. Harris saw significant playing time in his sophomore season.

1999 – After going 11-3, Clarksdale lost the state title game to Lawrence County 21-14. Harris saw some playing time, and on defense he had a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown.

RECRUITING

Harris was rated as a 2-star recruit coming out of Clarksdale and was listed at 6-4, 253 pounds. He was recruited by Memphis and Mississippi, signing a letter of intent with Ole Miss in February 2003.

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