Senior defensive end leads by example
Sept. 3, 2012
Senior defensive end Josh Harris battled back from a season-ending knee injury during fall camp in 2010 to become a paramount force on the Grizzlies' D-line. Known as a silent leader, Harris set an example for the rest of his team by working hard in the weight room off season training to come back as one of the team's leading tacklers.
The Kalispell, Mont. native carries on a family legacy. His dad, Greg Harris, played for the Griz from 1973-1975 then for the NFL to play two seasons with the New York Jets and the San Francisco 49ers before being sidelined with an injury.
What is it like to be one of the only two seniors on defense?
It's kind of different. The past teams I have been one there have been at least three or four.
What are you looking forward to this season?
I am looking forward to a good season and winning the Big Sky championship of course and then making a run for the national championship game again.
What is your favorite moment of your college football career?
I would have to say playing in the national championship game in 2009. It was pretty cool to be a part of that.
What point during your high school career did you think about pursuing college football?
It was either my junior or senior year. That's when I really started loving the game, and I wanted to play a little longer.
What are the challenges of being a Grizzly football player?
Just working around practice and meetings and then fitting school in and studying and all that. Trying to make it all work together is a challenge.
What's the most rewarding part of being a football player?
Saturdays. Seeing all the fans come out and support us throughout the season.
What do you like to do outside of football?
When there is time outside out of football, I hanging out with friends, going to the lake and floating the river. Just relaxing is great.
What is the hardest class you have taken at UM?
The hardest class I am taking right now is osteology. That will be probably be the hardest class I have ever taken.
Who is your favorite athlete?
Kobe Bryant... even though he doesn't play football.
What do you plan to do after college?
I really don't know yet. I haven't figured that one out yet.
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