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#25 Lionel Harris
Position: Safety
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190
Year: Redshirt Freshman
City/State: Manvel, Texas
High School: Alvin
Experience: Redshirt


AT COLORADO: 2007 (Sr.)—He saw action in 12 games, including the Independence Bowl, and made one start (Iowa State; he missed the Florida State game with an ankle sprain).  He was in for 10 games defensively, playing 192 snaps in recording 23 tackles (18 solo), with two for losses including a quarterback sack, a pass broken up and a third down stop.  He snared two interceptions, coming in the last two games of the season: he had one at Iowa State that complemented nine tackles, and the other theft came against Nebraska.  He returned that one 30 yards to the Nebraska 23, where four plays later, CU scored the go-ahead touchdown to take a 38-35 lead midway through the third quarter.  In the bowl game against Alabama, he was in on four tackles (one solo), with a third down stop.  He had a solid spring, and he led the team in tackles with six in the spring game.

 

2006 (Jr.)—He had entered the season listed third at strong safety, but improved to the point where when J.J. Billingsley was injured at the midway point of the year, he ascended into the starting role and more than responded to the call.  He played in all 12 games on special teams, including eight on defense with six starts in the last seven games on the season, and finished fourth on the team in tackles with 67 (40 solo, three for losses); his 8.4 tackles per game was the third best figure on the team.  In his six starts, he had 60 tackles, with four double-digit efforts: 12 versus Kansas State, and 11 against Baylor, Oklahoma and Nebraska.  His solo best was 10 against KSU, with all eight of stops in the win over Texas Tech of the unassisted variety, and he had three third down stops versus Kansas, when he also made his lone interception of the year.  In 431 snaps on defense, he also had five third down stops, two forced fumbles, one recovery and a touchdown save. The caused fumbles and recovery were all in the Nebraska game.  He had five special teams tackles (all solo), with the five special team points tying for fifth on the team.

 

2005 (Soph.)— He saw action in all 13 games including the Champs Sports Bowl (no starts), and played in four games during the regular season on defense.  He played 30 snaps at safety, recording one tackle (in the Kansas game) and making his first career interception, which came against New Mexico State (he was also credited with a third down stop on the play).  He finished third on the team with eight special team points, on the strength of six knockdown blocks on returns, one tackle, and a blocked punt (the latter came at Iowa State).  He led all players in the spring game with seven tackles (five solo).

 

2004 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in 10 games including the Houston Bowl, as he saw action at strong safety in one game for six snaps (North Texas), where he was in on one solo tackle (it was also a third down stop).  Otherwise, he participated on special teams where he racked up five points on the strength of one solo tackle and four knockdown blocks.

 

2003 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced at both cornerback and safety over the course of the season.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned first-team all-district (24-5A) honors, along with first-team all-Brazoria County mention (he was also a preseason all-Greater Houston team member).  SuperPrep named him to its all-Southwest team (the No. 79 player in the region, and the 13th defensive back), while Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 60 safety in the nation.  He was invited to play in the Down Under Bowl in Australia this June.  He earned second-team all-district honors and first-team all-county accolades as a junior, and was second-team all-county as a sophomore.   As a senior, he posted 105 tackles (85 solo, two for losses) at his free safety spot, and also forced three fumbles with eight passes broken up and a blocked punt (for a safety).  He averaged 16 yards on 10 punt returns and 18 yards on five kickoff returns.  As a junior, he had 60 tackles (47 solo), with five interceptions, five pass deflections, two forced fumbles and two recoveries, while averaging 14 yards on eight punt returns.  He played corner as a sophomore, making 37 tackles (22 unassisted, three for losses), with seven PBU’s, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one caused fumble.  His top game came against Fort Bend Elkins his senior year (14 tackles, one forced fumble, 2 PBU’s), and he three different games with 11 tackles and two pass breakups.  He also had an 11-tackle game with two passes broken up and two tackles for loss as a junior against Galveston Ball.  Alvin was 7-3 his junior and senior seasons and 6-4 his sophomore year under coach Mike Bass.  He also lettered twice in track (sprints and relays) and once in basketball.

 

ACADEMICS—He majored in Sociology at Colorado and graduated December 21, 2007.

 

PERSONAL—He was born January 5, 1985 in Galveston, Texas.  His hobbies include shooting pool, playing video games and weightlifting.  He also was an accomplished bull rider from seventh to 10th grade, including a win and a runner-up finish in organized competitions.




Season


G


Plays

Tackles
UT AT--TOT


TFL


Sacks


3DS


Hurr


FR


FF


PBU


Int

2004

1

6

1 0--1

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2005

4

30

1 0--1

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

0

0

1

2006

8

431

40 27--67

3-7

0-0

5

0

1

2

2

1

2007

10

192

18 5--23

2-16

1-12

1

0

0

0

1

2

Totals

23

659

60 32--92

5-23

1-12

8

0

1

2

3

4


ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Interception Returns: 1-0 (2005); 1-2, 2.0 avg. (2006); 2-30, 15.0 avg., 32 long (2007). Special Team Tackles: 1,0—1 (2004); 1,0—1 (2005); 5,0--5 (2006); 1,0-1 (2007).

 

 

 

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