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Antwan Harris
Player Profile

Raleigh, N.C.

High School:
Ravenscroft H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 185


WORTH NOTING: Honors candidate ... joins Tim Spruill as one of two returning starters in the Cavalier secondary ... very athletic defender who was hindered throughout the 1998 season with hamstring and toe problems ... third-leading tackler among Virginia's returning defensive backs from last season with 20 tackles in 1998 ... had two interceptions in 1998, tying him for the team lead among UVa's returning players ... his four career interceptions are the most among current Cavaliers ... made perhaps UVa's biggest single defensive play of the year as a true freshman in 1996 ... returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter against North Carolina to spur Virginia to the biggest fourth quarter comeback in school history ... the Cavaliers rallied from a 17-3 deficit to win 20-17 ... the interception came on his first series of the game and tied the school record for the longest interception return in school history ... also scored on a 34-yard return of a blocked punt that season ... intercepted two passes in 1996, the most by a Cavalier true freshman since Carl Smith intercepted two in 1991 ... one of three true freshmen (along with Demetrius Dotson and Thomas Jones) to see action for the Cavaliers in 1996 ... three-year letter winner.

HONORS: 1996-Named ACC Rookie of the Week following Virginia's game against North Carolina (Nov. 16) ... also named ECAC Rookie of the Week for his performance against North Carolina.

AT VIRGINIA: 1998-Played in nine regular season games, starting eight ... played but did not start against Georgia in the Peach Bowl ... missed the first two games of the season ... was expected to start at cornerback in the opener against Auburn but was forced out of the lineup due to hamstring problems ... moved into the starting lineup at cornerback against Clemson as Dwayne Stukes' hamstring started giving him problems ... stayed in the starting lineup until the Virginia Tech game, when he played but did not start ... started at safety in place of the injured Anthony Poindexter against Wake Forest, the first game after Poindexter's season-ending injury ... started at cornerback in the other games ... finished with 20 tackles (12 solo, eight assists) ... intercepted two passes-against Georgia Tech and Florida State ... in a bad omen, both occurred on the road in losses ... broke up three other passes and caused two fumbles ... didn't have a tackle against Clemson in his first action of the season, but caused a fumble and broke up a pass ... hit Clemson's Marcus Martin after a pass reception, jarring the ball loose ... Patrick Kerney recovered for the Cavaliers to set up a 31-yard touchdown run by Thomas Jones on the next play for Virginia's first score ... drilled Duke's Bobby Campbell, knocking the ball loose ... Anthony Poindexter recovered for UVa to set up another touchdown in the win over Duke in the game after the Clemson contest ... had a season-high four tackles on three occasions (Duke, Wake Forest, Florida State) ... broke up two passes in a key late season win over North Carolina ... was in on three tackles and broke up a pass in the Peach Bowl ... lettered for the third time. 1997-Played in nine games ... saw action as a reserve defensive back and on special teams ... was injured against Auburn and Georgia Tech ... had 27 total tackles on the season (17 solo, 10 assists) ... had fumble recoveries against Florida State and Virginia Tech ... also broke up two passes (both against Maryland) and caused one fumble (against Clemson) ... made season-high seven tackles in win over Duke ... made five tackles against Richmond ... added four tackles each against Florida State and North Carolina State ... returned seven kickoffs for 146 yards on the season ... averaged 20.9 yards per return ... returned kickoffs in two games, against North Carolina and Florida State ... had three returns for 77 yards against the Tar Heels ... added four returns for 69 yards against the Seminoles ... lettered. 1996-Played in Virginia's final nine regular season games and against Miami in the Carquest Bowl ... saw action as a reserve defensive back and on special teams ... did not play in the first two games of the season ... recorded 29 tackles (13 solo, 16 assists), second among ACC true freshmen ... intercepted two passes ... returned six kickoffs for a 15.7-yard average ... blocked a punt and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown against N.C. State ... also had a career-high eight tackles against the Wolfpack ... recorded five tackles against Florida State ... had four tackles against Wake Forest ... had the first interception of his career in the end zone against Duke and also broke up a pass against the Blue Devils ... tied the school record with a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown in Virginia's upset of sixth-ranked North Carolina on November 16 ... gained the nod as the team's kickoff returner against Virginia Tech in the regular season finale and returned five kickoffs ... returned a blocked punt seven yards to the one-yard line against Miami in the Carquest Bowl ... Virginia scored one play later on a quarterback sneak by Aaron Brooks ... also returned one kickoff for 18 yards and had one solo tackle against the Hurricanes ... lettered for the first time.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played running back and defensive back for head coach Ned Gonet at Ravenscroft ... earned four letters in football at Ravenscroft ... the Player of the Year in the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA) and Ravenscroft's Most Valuable Player as a junior and a senior ... NCISAA All-State selection in 1992, 1994 and 1995 ... carried the ball 637 times for 5,627 yards and 61 touchdowns, and caught 76 passes for 1,158 yards and seven touchdowns during his four years at Ravenscroft ... also totaled 223 tackles, 12 interceptions and three fumble recoveries in those four seasons ... returned 57 kickoffs for 1,453 yards and three touchdowns, and 45 punts for 635 yards and six touchdowns during his final four years at Ravenscroft, and had a 98-yard fumble return for a touchdown ... as a senior in 1995, he carried the ball 136 times for 1,639 yards and caught 12 passes for 143 yards as a tailback, and was in on 39 tackles, intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble as a defensive back ... as a junior, he rushed 185 times for 2,018 yards and caught 13 passes for 205 yards as a tailback, and was in on 56 tackles and intercepted two passes as a defensive back ... he rushed 168 times for 1,401 yards and caught 18 passes for 502 yards as a sophomore in 1993, and was in on 61 tackles and intercepted four passes ... as a freshman in 1992, he carried the ball 148 times for 569 yards and caught 28 passes for 308 yards as a tailback, and was in on 67 tackles, intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles as a defensive back ... Ravenscroft compiled a 21-3 record during Harris' last two seasons and won the 1994 North Carolina independent school state championship ... also played basketball, baseball and competed in track and field at Ravenscroft.

PERSONAL: Melvin Antwan Harris ... born 5-29-77 in Raleigh, N.C. ... son of Anita Smith ... psychology major.


                                   Tot      For        Fum  Fum  Pass      Blk

Year   Games  Plays  Solo  Assists Tackles  Loss  QBS  Rec  Cau  Brk  Int  Kick

1996    9     275    13    16      29       0     0    0    0    1    2    1

1997    9     354    17    10      27       0     0    2    1    2    0    0

1998    9     452    12    8       20       1/-1  0    0    2    3    2    0

Career  27    1081   42    34      76       1/-1  0    2    3    6    4    1


Year   Games  Number  Yards  Average  Long TD

1996    9     6       94     15.7     26   0

1997    9     7       146    20.9     37   0

1998    9     0       0      0.0      0    0

Career  27    13      240    18.5     37   0


Year  Games Number  Fair  Catch  Yards  Average  Long   TD

1996   9     1       0     3      4      34.0    34     1



1996 Opp. U-A-Tot. TFL# Other Cent. Mich. DNP Maryland DNP @Wake Forest 2-2-4 0 Texas 1-0-1 0 @Ga. Tech 1-2-3 0 N.C. State 3-5-8 0 BK @Florida State 3-2-5 0 @Duke 3-2-5 0 Int, PBU Clemson 0-0-0 0 North Carolina 0-1-1 0 Int @Va. Tech 0-2-2 0 Miami*** 1-0-1 0

1997 Opp. U-A-Tot. TFL# Other Auburn INJ Richmond 3-2-5 0 @North Carolina 1-1-2 0 Wake Forest 0-1-1 0 @Clemson 1-0-1 0 FC Duke 5-2-7 0 Florida State 2-2-4 0 FR @Maryland 2-1-3 0 2 PBU Georgia Tech INJ @N.C. State 3-1-4 0 Virginia Tech 0-0-0 0 FR

1998 Opp. U-A-Tot. TFL# Other @Auburn INJ Maryland INJ Clemson 0-0-0 0 FC, PBU @Duke 3-1-4 0 FC San Jose State 1-1-2 0 @Georgia Tech 2-1-3 0 Int N.C. State 1-1-2 0 @Wake Forest 2-2-4 0 @Florida State 2-2-4 1/-1 Int North Carolina 1-0-1 0 2 PBU @Virginia Tech 0-0-0 0 Georgia^^^ 2-1-3 0 PBU

^^^ - Peach Bowl *** - Carquest Bowl # - Includes quarterback sacks


(Does not include Bowl Games)

Solo Tackles: 5 vs. Duke, 10-18-97 Ast. Tackles: 5 vs. N.C. State, 10-19-96 Total Tackles: 8 vs. N.C. State, 10-19-96 TFL: 1 vs. Florida State, 11-7-98 KO Returns: 5 vs. Virginia Tech, 11-29-96 KO Return Yds: 89 vs. Virginia Tech, 11-29-96 Long: 37 vs. North Carolina, 9-27-97



1996 Opp. Ret. Yds. Avg. Long N.C. State 1 5 5.0 5 @Va. Tech 5 89 17.8 26 Miami*** 1 18 18.0 18

1997 Opp. Ret. Yds. Avg. Long @North Carolina 3 77 25.7 37 Florida State 4 69 17.3 19

*** - Carquest Bowl



1996 Opp. Ret. Yds. Avg. Long N.C. State 1 34 34.0 34


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