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Jason Harmon

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 209 | College: Michigan State
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Positives … Has adequate size and quickness with good strength for the position … Classic overachiever with short area ball reaction skills … shows decent balance and agility … Has a sharp forward burst and is effective stepping up to fill the rush lanes, showing good effort in pursuit and the hand usage to ward off blocks … Takes good angles and is a good tackler in general … Shows good awareness of assignment responsibilities switching off in the zone … Can be physical and will stick his head in to make plays, showing that he is an aggressive short area tackler with the hand punch to rock tight ends back on their heels at the line of scrimmage … Makes smooth body adjustments going up for the ball and catches with hands extended … Very effective blitzer who will deliver the blind-side tackle when the angle is there … Stays low in his stance, extends his arms, secures the opponent and then drives through with his legs while making the tackle.

Negatives … Labors coming out of his backpedal, keeping his feet too narrow to generate a proper hip swerve … Does not show the any acceleration off the turn and is not smooth to break from his backpedal … Lacks the quickness to stay with receivers in the open and does not play over his feet well … Has to show a better feel in run support, as he tends to play the blockers more than the ball, as he can be undisciplined while trying to keep his leverage, but will lose position … Has only an adequate change of direction agility and just adequate range without good speed to accelerate deep if receivers get behind him … In zone coverage, he shows good awareness pickup receivers but is not always quick to read and react (better when working in the box).

2004 Season

Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media … Started all year, including the first nine at free safety and the last four at strong safety … Shifted to strong safety when Eric Smith went down with a season-ending knee injury … Led the Spartans in tackles (career-best 108: 64 solos, 44 assists), interceptions (3 for 74 yards), forced fumbles (4) and defensive production points (159) … Finished second on the team with ten

pass break-ups … Excelled down the stretch, averaging 9.5 tackles (76 total) over the last eight games.

2003 GAME Analysis

Western Michigan … Opened the season with a 5-tackle performance.

Rutgers and Wisconsin … Made six hits in each game.

Louisiana Tech … Deflected a pass and posted seven tackles (4 solos).

Notre Dame … Registered another seven hits with two pass break-ups.

Iowa … Totaled seven tackles (4 solos).

Indiana … Made ten hits (6 solos), including one behind the line of scrimmage.

Illinois … Earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors as he collected eight tackles (4 solos) … Stripped the ball from Illini running back Pierre Thomas late in the fourth quarter and returned it 52 yards for a score … His 21-yard interception return to the Illini 12late in the third quarter set up MSU's fifth touchdown … Also made a stop for a 3-yard loss.

Minnesota … Followed with eleven tackles (7 solos).

Michigan … Deflected a pass, returned an interception 19 yards and had a season-high 13 tackles (5 solos).

Ohio State … Delivered eight tackles and broke up a pass.

Penn State … Produced nine tackles (6 solos) with two pass deflections … His 34-yard interception return set up Jason Teague's 1-yard scoring run.

Nebraska (Alamo Bowl) … Recorded nine tackles (8 solos) and batted away two passes.

2003 Season

Played in ten games, starting seven contests … Shared MSU's Outstanding Underclass Back Award with 2002 Biletnikoff Award winner Charles Rogers … Played for 287.5 minutes, as a sprained ankle forced him to miss two games, vs. Wisconsin and Indiana … Ranked second on the team in interceptions (3) and fourth in tackles (64; 46 solos, 18 assists) … key figure in a secondary that helped the Spartans finish third in the Big Ten in passing defense, allowing 188.8 yards per game.


Recorded 13 tackles (8-5), tying his career high, vs. Minnesota to go along with an interception … Made eight tackles (6-2) vs. Northwestern … Had nine stops (6-3) and an interception vs. California … Named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week vs. Rice after producing a career-best 13 tackles (10-3), an interception and pass break-up … Played a career-high 40 minutes against the Owls.

2002 Season

Appeared in three games in 2001, including two starts at cornerback (vs. Notre Dame and Northwestern), and played 104 minutes … Sidelined for the final nine games of the season after breaking his right ankle in the October 3rd practice … Contributed seven tackles (6 solos, 1 assist) and a pass break-up … Produced five stops (4-1) vs. Northwestern … Played a career-best 39.5 minutes vs. Notre Dame … Had two solo hits vs. Central Michigan in the 2001 season opener.

2001 Season

Granted a medical redshirt after missing the last six games of the 2000 season with a broken right hand … Saw action in only three games (vs. Marshall, Northwestern and Iowa) as a true freshman and played 11 minutes … Credited with an assisted tackle vs. Northwestern.

Injury Report

2000: Missed the final six games with a right hand fracture.

2001: Sat out the final nine games after fracturing his right ankle in an Oct. 3rd practice.

2002: Did not play vs. Indiana and Michigan due to a right ankle sprain.


Communications major … Son of Joe and Monica Fletcher … Born 4/03/82 … Resides in Ironton, Ohio.

High School

CAMPUS: 4.7 in the 40-yard dash … 360-pound bench press … 455-pound squat … 35-inch vertical jump … 9'9" broad jump … 9/33 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 4.71 in the 40-yard dash … 2.75 20-yard dash … 1.66 10-yard dash … 4.1 20-yard shuttle … 11.96 60-yard shuttle … 7.61 three-cone drill … Bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times … 30 1/8-inch arm length … 8 -inch hands … 24 Wonderlic score.


Attended Ironton (Oh.) High School … Earned first-team All-Ohio and All-Southeast District honors as a senior … Voted Southeast Ohio District Offensive Player of the Year … Selected to play in the Ohio North-South and Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 All-Star Games … Rushed for 1,500 yards (6.7 avg.) and 21 touchdowns as a senior while helping Ironton to a 10-4 record … Led the team with 24 catches for 640 yards (26.7 avg.) and seven touchdowns … Recorded 112 tackles and intercepted six passes … Played four positions (running back, wide receiver, cornerback and safety) for Coach Bob Lutz plus returned kicks … Earned second-team all-state honors as a junior and sophomore … Named Southeast Ohio District Defensive Player of the Year in 1998.


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