Cliff Harris, CB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Fresno, CA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 175 lbs.
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03/15/2012 - Cliff Harris was back at work Thursday in a familiar setting at the Moshofsky Center. It seemed like old times for the former Oregon cornerback, only it wasn't. Harris and several former Duck teammates worked out for NFL scouts during Oregon's pro day. "It was a good day, being back (at) the university, seeing my teammates," Harris said. A 2011 preseason all-America selection, Harris had a series of off-the-field issues that led to his dismissal from the team, and likely hurt his NFL draft stock as well. The most well-documented incident - driving 118 miles per hour on I-5 last summer with a suspended license - is something Harris continues to address with NFL teams, along with other missteps. "I feel like with my past, I have a lot to prove just in general," Harris said. "I'm trying to show everybody that history won't repeat itself. I feel like everybody's got something to prove. It's a job interview." That job interview Thursday included weight lifting, a series of drills, and the 40-yard dash. Harris said he wasn't aware of his 40 times, but there was little doubt that he put in a hard days work. After pro day ended, he walked outside in the rain and got sick. "I'm not out of shape. It got pretty hot," Harris said. "Actually, when I went out that door I went out and threw up." Harris had support from former teammates and family members, who wore T-shirts featuring his picture in an Oregon uniform. In 2010, Harris emerged as one of the premier cornerbacks and return specialists in college football. He had six interceptions, returned one for a touchdown, and led the nation with four punt returns for touchdowns, a single-season school record. - Gary Horowitz, The Statesman Journal

03/15/2012 - Oregon Pro Day: Cornerback Cliff Harris told reporters following the workout that he weighed in at 181 pounds, which he characterized as a 20-25 pound gain from what he played at earlier in his career. While the weight is certainly more in line with what scouts want to see at the cornerback position than what he was previously, Harris was still slow in the 40-yard dash, timing in the mid 4.6s Thursday. He also struggled keeping his feet during shuttle drills. The weight gain may have been too much for Harris, as he was seen vomiting following the workout. Among the other Duck prospects, linebacker Josh Kaddu attempted to work out Thursday but the hamstring injury that ruined his Combine performance once again flaired up. Safety Eddie Pleasant only did positional drills. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE, UNDER RADAR UNDERCLASSMEN: CB Cliff Harris, Oregon: Harris has been a bit of a forgotten man since multiple run-ins with authorities led to his ultimately being kicked off the team by head coach Chip Kelly. While he'll certainly need to answer scouts' questions, once Harris is allowed to show off his athletic gifts, I believe he'll quickly force NFL teams to recognize his upside. After playing at less than 170 pounds throughout much of his career with the Ducks, scouts will be just as interested in how Harris physically measures up as well as how fast he runs, etc. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/12/2012 - Last spring Harris was being projected as a potential first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by nearly every website that evaluates such things. Now, all of these were very, very early projections based solely on Harris' production in 2010 when he led the Ducks with six interceptions and 17 pass breakups while ranking second in the nation in punt return average (18.8 yards per return). Who knows what would have happened once NFL scouts began dissecting him leading up to the draft. But when that many "draft experts" project a player as a first-round pick, typically he ends up going off the board within the first three rounds. But after barely playing last season due to various traffic infractions, other unpublicized incidents, untold behind the scenes issues and a general apathy toward all things structured that require discipline, Harris could easily go undrafted come April. Around the time of Harris' October traffic incidents in Eugene, one NFL scout asked how big a hit the 5-foot-11, 165-pound Harris' stock had stated: "I'm not sure he has stock. What has he done? Hard to draft a non-starter who is really small and can't tackle." Add to that "can't stay on the team" and you have big trouble. - Aaron Fentress, The Oregonian

12/05/2011 - Considering that he earned consensus All-American honors as a return specialist and cornerback as a sophomore, many expected the 2011 season to be the last one in Autzen for Cliff Harris. As it turns out, it will be Harris' last season as a member of the Oregon Ducks. But he isn't leaving the way most expected. The University of Oregon announced Monday that Harris has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules. The full release is below. Harris' off-field behavior is every bit as disconcerting as his on-field talents are exciting. Harris has a long history of run-ins with the police. He was cited for speeding and driving a car with a suspended license in July, which led to Kelly suspending him for the team's opening game against LSU. He was then suspended October 24 after his second run-in with local authorities and has missed the Ducks' final five games as a result. The repeated mistakes are sure to force college and/or pro teams to question whether they can trust Harris. Considering his talent, Harris isn't without options. As North Alabama proved last year in accepting a transfer from former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins (released by the Gators due to citations involving marijuana), there are always programs willing to gamble on star power. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/05/2011 - All-American cornerback Cliff Harris has been dismissed from the Oregon Ducks for violating team rules. Harris was already suspended from the Ducks and wasn't allowed to participate in team activities. He missed the last five games of the regular season and last weekend's Pac-12 championship game. Harris was suspended by coach Chip Kelly following a traffic stop in Eugene, during which Harris was cited for driving on a suspended license, without proper insurance and without a seatbelt. Harris was also suspended to start the season after a he was cited for driving 118 mph on Interstate 5 in June. Harris returned 38 punts for a 16.2-yard average and four touchdowns in his career. - AP Sports

12/05/2011 - University of Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been dismissed from the Ducks' football program for a violation of team rules, according to the Ducks' Head Coach Chip Kelly Monday. Harris was suspended indefinitely on Oct. 24 and has since been prohibited from all football activities, missing Oregon's last five games of the regular season in addition to last Friday's Pac-12 Conference Championship. The Fresno, Calif., junior had been credited with nine tackles and one interception in six games this season after missing the season-opening loss to LSU while serving another suspension. The 2010 consensus All-American finishes his Oregon career with 61 tackles in 27 appearances, eight interceptions for one touchdown, and returned 38 punts for a 16.2-yard average and four more scores. - Oregon football

12/05/2011 - Should Cliff Harris enter the draft, scouts will certainly do their homework on him as he's unquestionably among the elite cover corners in the nation. In 27 career games, Harris recorded eight interceptions. He led the Pac-10 with six interceptions last season and led the entire country with 23 passes broken up. Of his six interceptions in 2010, three of them were against NFLDraftScout.com's top two rated quarterbacks, Stanford's Andrew Luck and Southern California's Matt Barkley. Harris is currently listed as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 13 rated cornerback for the 2012 draft and a middle round value. He entered the year ranked No. 2 at the position and viewed as a possible first round pick. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/27/2011 - The father of Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris is disputing traffic citations that the cornerback received this week, saying his son is licensed and the car he was driving is insured. The elder Cliff Harris was interviewed by The Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene a day after the younger Harris was pulled over and cited for driving on a suspended license, failure to wear a seatbelt and driving without insurance. Hours after the traffic stop on Monday, Oregon coach Chip Kelly suspended Harris from the team. He is not allowed to participate in any football-related activities pending Oregon's review of the matter. Harris was also cited in June for driving 118 mph on Interstate 5 on a suspended license. His family paid the fines. - AP Sports

10/26/2011 - Oregon coach Chip Kelly says the situation surrounding suspended cornerback Cliff Harris is "very disappointing." Kelly did not comment at length about Harris at his weekly news conference on Tuesday. He said Oregon continues to look into the circumstances of Harris' traffic stop by Eugene police on Monday afternoon. Harris was suspended by the No. 7 Ducks just hours after he was cited for driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, and failure to wear a seatbelt. Harris, who was also cited by state police in June for driving 118 mph on Interstate 5, is not allowed to participate in any football-related activities for now. An All-American who broke up 23 passes and averaged 18.8 yards per punt return last season, Harris faces fines in excess of $952. The car he was driving, which police say belongs to a relative, was impounded. Asked about the depth at cornerback, Kelly said the Ducks are fine. Oregon has started Anthony Gildon and Terrence Mitchell at the position. "We're four-deep at corner," he said, "and Cliff hasn't played a whole lot anyway." In the June traffic stop, Harris was cited by Oregon State Police for speeding and driving on a suspended license. Harris, who was driving a rented car he says was lent to him by a university employee, was suspended indefinitely after the incident by Kelly and did not play in Oregon's season-opening loss to LSU at Cowboys Stadium. - AP Sports

10/24/2011 - Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris was suspended Monday after he was pulled over for several infractions, including driving on a suspended license and driving without insurance. In a statement released by the school, Ducks coach Chip Kelly suspended Harris pending further review and he will not be able to take part in any football-related activities. Eugene police said that Harris was stopped on a city street Monday afternoon after an officer noted he wasn't wearing a seatbelt, for which he was also cited. He faces fines in excess of $952. The car he was driving, which police say belongs to a relative, was impounded. Harris, an All-American who broke up 23 passes and averaged 18.8 yards per punt return last season, was also ticketed in June by Oregon State Police for driving 118 mph on Interstate 5 on a suspended license. Harris, who was driving a rented car he says was lent to him by a university employee, was suspended indefinitely after the incident by Kelly and did not play in Oregon's season-opening loss to LSU at Cowboys Stadium. He was allowed to practice with the team during that earlier suspension and was reinstated just before Oregon's 69-20 victory over Nevada on Sept. 10. Harris' family paid the $1,620 in fines for the citations. The university compliance office was looking into whether NCAA rules were broken when the school employee allowed him to use the rental car. - AP Sports

10/06/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Oregon's only touchdowns against Cal last season came on a 29-yard pass to Jeff Maehl in the third quarter and a 65-yard punt return by Cliff Harris in the second quarter. Maehl has graduated, and Harris has returned after an early-season suspension, but has not regained his starting cornerback spot. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - Oregon welcomed back CB Cliff Harris and LB Kiko Alonso, who were suspended for the opener against LSU for disciplinary reasons. Harris did not play in the first half against Nevada, but was on special teams and defense in the second half. Alonso also did not start on defense, but played in reserve and was on special teams. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - Oregon has reinstated suspended cornerback and kick returner Cliff Harris for Saturday's game against Nevada. Harris was suspended indefinitely by coach Chip Kelly after he was cited for driving 118 mph on a suspended license in the offseason. The All-American junior who broke up 23 passes last season and averaged 18.8 yards per punt return was allowed to practice with the Ducks during his suspension. On Friday, Kelly reinstated linebacker Kiko Alonso, who also was suspended indefinitely after an alcohol-related offense. - AP Sports

09/08/2011 - Cornerback Cliff Harris and linebacker Kiko Alonso are both suspended indefinitely due to legal troubles they encountered in the offseason. They both missed the LSU game and coach Chip Kelly has yet to announce if they will be reinstated to play against Nevada on Saturday. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2011 - LaMichael James hardly had room to run and Darron Thomas looked rusty. Oregon's youngsters seemed awed by LSU's size and intimidated by playing in front 87,711 fans, most clad in LSU colors, as they coughed up turnovers and committed all sorts of penalties. Still, the No. 3 Ducks might also be left wondering how things might have been different Saturday night if they had their suspended star cornerback and punt returner Cliff Harris. Kenjon Barner fumbled trying to make something out of nothing on a punt return deep in his own territory, only to have the ball stripped and returned for LSU's first touchdown. Then cornerback Terrance Mitchell got stuck behind a receiver in the end zone while allowing LSU's second touchdown. Mitchell also was flagged for pass interference on a third-down incompletion that would've forced the Tigers to try a field goal, instead keeping the drive going on the way to their fourth touchdown, and the rout was on. The No. 4 Tigers ended up winning 40-27. "We really needed Cliff," James said. "Oh yeah," Thomas said. "I think the whole team missed Cliff Harris. ... I know he's going to come out and bust it hard after he seen what happened today." Harris, who can be found on nearly every preseason All-America team, was suspended for at least this game by coach Chip Kelly for getting caught going 118 mph while driving with a suspended license. - AP Sports

08/29/2011 - Oregon coach Chip Kelly still has not made a final determination on two defensive stars suspended during the offseason. CB Cliff Harris, an All-America candidate, is suspended for the opener against LSU and possibly longer after he was ticketed for driving 118 miles an hour on the freeway. LB Kiko Alonso, who missed last season with a knee injury, has been suspended since an arrest in the spring. Harris led the Ducks with six interceptions and returned one for a touchdown and also returned four punts for touchdowns while racking up nearly 800 yards returning punts, kickoffs and interceptions. Alonso is expected to compete with Dewitt Stuckey to start at middle linebacker. "Their status hasn't changed," Kelly said. "We are not with our players in the summertime, so we'll meet with them when we get back, and like anybody that I have to deal with in those situations, they have academic and behavioral things that they need to get accomplished. And we'll deal with as it comes." - The Sports Xchange

08/17/2011 - Oregon coach Chip Kelly was emphatic: Quarterback Darron Thomas was not going to be disciplined simply because he was a passenger in a car driven by a teammate that was clocked at 118 mph. And, while concerned about an officer's suspicion that there was marijuana in the car, Kelly was standing by Thomas and cornerback Cliff Harris, who was driving. But the whole thing was another black eye for Oregon and another in a string of incidents involving Thomas, who has so far come out unscathed. The traffic stop occurred early on June 12, when Harris was pulled over by the Oregon State Police in a rented Nissan Altima near Albany, Ore. At the time, Thomas was not identified as a passenger in the car. Harris was cited for speeding and driving on a suspended license. The Altima was rented by a university employee. Kelly soon afterward suspended Harris indefinitely. The junior cornerback will miss Oregon's opener against LSU at Cowboys Stadium on Sept. 3. After that, his status will be dependent on his adherence to team rules. Harris has been allowed to practice with the team and his family paid the $1,620 in fines for the citation. The university compliance office was looking into whether NCAA rules were broken when the school employee allowed Harris to use the rental car. Except for Harris' ongoing suspension, it appeared to be over. But then the video from the stop was obtained by KATU television and released on Tuesday. The video not only revealed that Thomas was a passenger, it also shows that the trooper involved in the stop was curious about the smell of marijuana he said was coming from the car. The officer asks: "Who's got the marijuana?" And a voice from inside the car, presumably Harris', replies: "We smoked it all." In a later exchange with the officer it was claimed that someone else in the car - not Harris or Thomas - had used marijuana. No one beside Harris was cited in the traffic stop. - AP Sports

08/16/2011 - Video taken by a police dashboard camera shows Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas was a passenger in the car when cornerback Cliff Harris was cited for driving 118 mph in June. The video obtained by KATU television also shows Officer Ray Stallsworth ask Harris if there is marijuana in the car, and Harris responds, "we smoked it all." Harris denies there are any drugs in the car and later says it was a cousin who was smoking the drug. Harris was cited for driving with a suspended license in a car rented by a university employee. Oregon coach Chip Kelly suspended Harris indefinitely following the speeding citation. Harris will not play in the Ducks' season opener on Sept. 3 against LSU. Oregon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. - AP Sports

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Cliff Harris, Oregon, has been named one of 50 players selected to the Paul Hornung Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung. A preseason All-America at cornerback and punt returner, Harris is also on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, recognizing the best defensive player in college football. - Oregon football

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Cliff Harris, Oregon, CB, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. - Football Writers Association of America

06/15/2011 - Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly has suspended Cliff Harris indefinitely after the cornerback was cited for speeding while driving with a suspended license. Harris, 20, was cited Sunday morning after police said they clocked him driving at 118 mph on a suspended license in a rental car. Kelley announced the suspension Wednesday after the school said its compliance office was looking into the matter because the car Harris was driving had been rented by a university employee. Kelly announced in a statement that at the very least, Harris will sit out Oregon's season opener against LSU at Cowboys Stadium in Texas on Sept. 3. After that, Harris' status would be dependent on his adherence to the football program's rules. "Cliff's future clearly is in Cliff's hands," Kelly said. "Earning an opportunity to represent the University of Oregon and this football program certainly rests far beyond a player's ability on the field of play. Our behavior out of the spotlight often is more important and will be held to a higher standard. Until Cliff is able to conform to the same standards all of us must comply with, his status will remain unchanged." Harris was pulled over about 4:35 a.m. PDT Sunday south of Albany, Ore., to the north of Eugene. Two other Oregon football players were passengers in the car. Police did not identify them and they were not cited. Oregon State Police said Harris was cited for driving with a suspended license and exceeding the speed limit in excess of 100 mph. The fine for driving a vehicle faster than 100 mph is $1,148. The fine for driving on a suspended license is $427. It was unclear why Harris' license was suspended. He had been cited at least once before for speeding in Eugene, also with a suspended license. - AP Sports

06/13/2011 - Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been cited for driving 118 mph on a suspended license early Sunday morning. Oregon State police say Harris, 20, was pulled over after an off-duty trooper spotted him about 4:35 a.m. Pacific on Interstate 5 south of Albany, Ore. An on-duty officer clocked Harris and pulled him over. Harris was cited for driving while suspended and exceeding the speed limit in excess of 100 mph. Police say he was driving a rental car. The fine for driving a vehicle faster than 100 mph is $1,148. - AP Sports

06/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: DB Cliff Harris - The sophomore lived up to his playmaker billing last year on both defense and special teams. He led the Ducks with six interceptions and averaged 15.3 yards per return, including a touchdown. He was a game-changer as a punt returner, taking four back for touchdowns and averaging 18.8 yards on 29 returns. - The Sports Xchange

06/03/2011 - STARS OF 2011: CB Cliff Harris earned some All-American honors and national awards for his work on special teams and defense as a sophomore. He led the nation with 23 passes defended and 17 breakups and led the Pac-10 with six interceptions. He returned an interception for a touchdown against Tennessee. He led FBS with four punt returns for a touchdown and ranked second nationally with an average of 18.8 yards per return. - The Sports Xchange

05/03/2011 - 2011 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Cliff Harris, Oregon, CB, has been named to the 42-player Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for the 2011 college football season as selected by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. Harris, who will be a junior in the fall, is one of seven Pac-12 players on the preseason list. The Ducks had two players on last season's Lott watch list - departed seniors Casey Matthews and Kenny Rowe - with Matthews recognized as one of four finalists. UO's fourth consensus All-America in 2010, Harris led the NCAA with 23 passes defended and 17 pass breakups, while leading the conference - No. 10 in the NCAA - with six interceptions. He was one of 10 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award a year ago and was also on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award. - Oregon football

 
 
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03/15/2012 - Cliff Harris was back at work Thursday in a familiar setting at the Moshofsky Center. It seemed like old times for the former Oregon cornerback, only it wasn't. Harris and several former Duck teammates worked out for NFL scouts during Oregon's pro day. "It was a good day, being back (at) the university, seeing my teammates," Harris said. A 2011 preseason all-America selection, Harris had a series of off-the-field issues that led to his dismissal from the team, and likely hurt his NFL draft stock as well. The most well-documented incident - driving 118 miles per hour on I-5 last summer with a suspended license - is something Harris continues to address with NFL teams, along with other missteps. "I feel like with my past, I have a lot to prove just in general," Harris said. "I'm trying to show everybody that history won't repeat itself. I feel like everybody's got something to prove. It's a job interview." That job interview Thursday included weight lifting, a series of drills, and the 40-yard dash. Harris said he wasn't aware of his 40 times, but there was little doubt that he put in a hard days work. After pro day ended, he walked outside in the rain and got sick. "I'm not out of shape. It got pretty hot," Harris said. "Actually, when I went out that door I went out and threw up." Harris had support from former teammates and family members, who wore T-shirts featuring his picture in an Oregon uniform. In 2010, Harris emerged as one of the premier cornerbacks and return specialists in college football. He had six interceptions, returned one for a touchdown, and led the nation with four punt returns for touchdowns, a single-season school record. - Gary Horowitz, The Statesman Journal

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