2017 NFL Draft

Josh Harris, C

School: Wake Forest  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Duncanville, TX
Height/Weight: - / - lbs.
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04/07/2014 - After finishing a productive four years at Wake Forest, Josh Harris is more than ready to take the next step in his career and enter the NFL. The native Texan leaves Wake Forest as one of the top rushers in Demon Deacon history. Harris finished his career at Wake Forest with a total of 489 carries, 2,230 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. Despite multiple injuries plaguing his sophomore season, Harris played in almost every game for the Demon Deacons as one of their leading rushers throughout four seasons. He leaves Wake as one of the top 10 career rushing leaders in school history. Once Harris completed his senior season, he headed back home to Dallas to train for his next move. He mentioned that he decided to go home and train in order to be around his family and old training partners. "I'm working on durability, stability, and flexibility," said Harris. "I'm plenty strong but I need to make sure I stay healthy."

In order for Harris to stay in good physical shape, he does extra stretching, participates in yoga and completes more reps with less weight in the weight room rather than strictly heavy lifting. This ensures that he is at his physical peak for the draft. A little over three months after his college career ended, Harris participated in Wake's Pro Day on March 17. On the morning of Pro Day Harris was prepared to show the 22 NFL scouts in attendance his improvement on the field. However, Harris was greeted by unexpected rain and ice storms. "The weather was so miserable that you couldn't even get your legs warm enough to perform at your peak," Harris said. "It was sort of unfair to compare our numbers to other prospects, but I guess that's just the luck of the draw." - Wake Forest football

09/21/2013 - Josh Harris rushed for 96 yards and two second-half touchdowns, Michael Campanaro had a 66-yard scoring catch, and Wake Forest rallied past Army 25-11 on Saturday. It was the seventh straight victory in the series for Wake Forest (2-2), which overcame three costly errors to hold off the Black Knights (1-3).

Trailing 11-10 late in the third quarter, Wake Forest slowly assumed control as Harris came alive after a lackluster first half. He scored on a 15-yard run up the middle late in the third and gained 58 yards on seven carries on a decisive 62-yard drive midway through the fourth, scoring on a 6-yard run. Terry Baggett led Army with a career-high 125 yards rushing on 16 carries and quarterback Angel Santiago added 60 yards rushing as the Black Knights finished with 271 yards on 55 rushes. Daniel Grochowski kicked a career-high three field goals for Army. - AP Sports

09/06/2013 - Scouting the Wake Forest running game: The Demon Deacons aren't kidding about using QB Tanner Price as a key part of the rushing attack. He had 14 carries in the opener, marking the most times he has kept the ball that often since the third game of his career in 2010 when he had 16 carries against Stanford. RB Josh Harris was rather mundane in the opener, but he has the power and speed to be a game-changing player, but sometimes he counts heavily on the offensive line for giving him initial daylight. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - The renewed emphasis on the rushing attack could have taken a hit before the start of practice when RB Josh Harris was ruled ineligible based on an academic issue. But his appeal to the NCAA was approved, and he's rejoining the team after missing a week of practice. If he hadn't been cleared, it would have put a dent in the rushing attack, as he had gained 1,760 yards and scored 15 touchdowns across his first three seasons. Depth at the position has been an issue. Details of the situation involving Harris weren't disclosed publicly with the school citing student privacy rules. "We're planning with the guys that are here," coach Jim Grobe said. - The Sports Xchange

08/11/2013 - OTHER WAKE FOREST PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: RB Josh Harris (5-11, 210, 4.53)...The team's leading rusher from a year ago, Harris doesn't bring much flash or sizzle to the backfield, but his balance and toughness stand out. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/09/2013 - Wake Forest running back Josh Harris has been cleared by the NCAA to play this season. The school declared him ineligible last week and sought a waiver from the NCAA to restore his eligibility. Team spokesman Steve Shutt said Friday that the waiver has been granted. Harris says he will be back with the team Saturday. He has led the team in rushing in two of his three previous seasons with the Demon Deacons. Harris has rushed for 1,760 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career and led the team with 608 yards rushing in 2012. - AP Sports

08/09/2013 - Wake Forest's rushing attack got a boost on Friday when the NCAA restored the eligibility of senior Josh Harris. Harris was declared ineligible for the 2013 season earlier this month. The school did not specify the reason for his ineligibility, but Harris and the school asked for a waiver so that he could play in 2013. "I am happy that the appeal was approved," head coach Jim Grobe said. "I am excited to get Josh into camp." Harris led the Demon Deacons in rushing last season, totaling 608 yards and five touchdowns. Across his three years Winston-Salem, Harris has rushed for 1,760 yards and 15 touchdowns. Getting Harris back on the field is good news for a Wake Forest offense that plans to utilize the ground game more in 2013.

According to Grobe, the team became more pass-happy with four-year starting quarterback Riley Skinner and now he would like to bring some balance back to the offense. Senior quarterback Tanner Price set a school record with 422 pass attempts in 2011 and then followed that up with 410 attempts a season ago. "We plan on throwing the football a bunch, but we're trying to balance it out with more runs," Grobe said earlier this month. While Price is considered a strong and capable passer, the offense ranked dead last in the ACC with 4.36 yards per play in 2012. Having Harris in the backfield will help the Demon Deacons goal of balancing the offense and improving those numbers. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com

08/01/2013 - Well Wake Forest's ground game seems to have taken a big hit. Senior running back Josh Harris has been declared ineligible for the 2013 season. While Wake Forest would not say why Harris has lost his eligibility for the upcoming season, the school did say that it has asked the NCAA for a waiver to restore Harris' eligibility. They hope to have a decision within the next two weeks.

If Harris is forced to sit out the season it will be a big blow to Wake Forest's offense. Harris led the Demon Deacons in rushing last season, going for 608 yards and five touchdowns last season. In his three-year career Harris has rushed for 1,760 yards and 15 touchdowns. Should Harris not regain eligibility, odds are that Deandre Martin would assume his starting role. Harris rushed for 484 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman in 2012. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

08/01/2013 - Wake Forest says running back Josh Harris is ineligible for his senior season. Team spokesman Steve Shutt said Thursday the school has asked the NCAA for a waiver to restore his eligibility and the Demon Deacons hope to receive an answer in the next two weeks. Shutt says he is unable to say whether Harris' ineligibility is related to academics, citing the school's policies on student privacy. Harris has rushed for 1,760 yards and 15 touchdowns in three seasons and led the team with 608 yards rushing in 2012. The Demon Deacons begin preseason practice Friday. - AP Sports


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