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Arlen Harris
Player Profile

Exton, Pa.

High School:
Downingtown H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 205



WORTH NOTING: Expected to compete for playing time at tailback in 2001 behind returning starter Antwoine Womack ... one of five returning letter winners in the Cavalier backfield ... also a dangerous return man ... began last season on a high note, only to have it go sour ... won the starting job at tailback for the regular season opener at Brigham Young in 2000 ... suffered a knee injury in that game, however, and played in just three games the rest of the season (including the O’ahu Bowl) ... rushed for 79 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown run, in his lone start against BYU … his touchdown accounted for the first points in the dedication game of expanded Carl Smith Center, home of David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium ... one of five Cavaliers to score a rushing touchdown in 2000 ... rushed for 112 yards in 1999, second on the team behind consensus All-America tailback Thomas Jones ... was Virginia’s leading punt returner in 1999 ... ranked second in the ACC and 21st nationally with a 12.4-yard average on 16 returns … averaged 19.9 yards on seven kickoff returns ... his 19.9-yard average was tops among Cavaliers with four-or-more returns ... two-year letter winner ... rushed two times for 11 yards in the 2001 spring game.

AT VIRGINIA: 2000—Played in just three games during the regular season (Brigham Young, Florida State and North Carolina) due to a knee injury ... also played against Georgia in the Jeep O’ahu Bowl ... team’s third-leading rusher with 101 yards in 25 attempts (4.0 yards per carry ... had two catches for 19 yards on the season ... started at tailback in the season opener against Brigham Young ... gained a career-high 79 yards on 18 carries and also had a 17-yard pass reception ... scored on a career-long 28-yard run against the Cougars in the first quarter to cap the game’s opening drive ... his performance proved bittersweet as he injured his left knee in the game and underwent arthroscopic surgery on September 8 ... missed UVa’s next five games before returning to play against Florida State ... rushed seven times for 22 yards and caught one pass for two yards against the Seminoles ... was the team’s punt returner against Florida State and North Carolina ... had his only return (for 15 yards) in UVa’s win over North Carolina ... experienced swelling in his injured knee before the Georgia Tech game and did not play in the last three games of the regular season ... saw action in the O’ahu Bowl as a punt returner but did not have any returns ... lettered. 1999—Spent the season backing up Thomas Jones … played in 10 games, including the Bowl vs. Illinois … hobbled late in the season and missed two of the last four games of the regular season … second on the team in rushing with 112 yards ... led the team in punt returns (second in the ACC and 21st nationally) with a 12.4-yard average ... returned 16 punts for 198 yards ... was also one of the team’s primary kickoff returners, averaging 19.9 yards per return, but only had seven returns … returned four punts for 65 yards against North Carolina … gained 19 yards on the first return of his career … had a team-best 24-yard return in the third quarter to set up a UVa touchdown … had eight rushes for 21 yards against Wake Forest … seven carries for 25 yards against Brigham Young … added a 22-yard punt return and a 23-yard kickoff return, his longest of the season, against the Cougars … two kickoff returns for 41 yards vs. Virginia Tech … saw his most extensive action in the backfield against N.C. State, gaining 58 yards on nine carries … had his two longest runs of the season in that game (12 and 15 yards) … didn’t have any rushes the last four games of the regular season … rushed three times for 19 yards vs. Illinois in the bowl game … had a 10-yard carry in the bowl game ... lettered. 1998—Red-shirted … did not see any game action … in uniform against Auburn, Maryland, Clemson, Duke, San Jose State, Georgia Tech, N.C. State and Georgia in the Peach Bowl.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four letters at Downingtown High School as a running back and defensive back ... played for head coach John Barr his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, and for head coach Jack Helm as a senior ... Parade All-American and first-team All-State selection by The Associated Press as a senior ... 1997 preseason All-American by SuperPrep, Prep Star and Street & Smith magazines ... rated the number three running back in the country by the National Recruiting Advisor ... rated the number 12 running back by SuperPrep and one of the top 10 runners in the country by Prep Star ... honorable mention All-American by USA Today his junior year ... Pennsylvania Sports Fever District I Player of the Year and Ches-Mont League’s Most Valuable Player his senior season ... also chosen league’s Outstanding Running Back and Outstanding Defensive Back ... first-team All-Area running back and All-Area Player of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer ... Daily Local News All-Area Player of the Year ... recipient of the VFW Purple Heart Award as the Chester County Offensive Player of the Year ... Maxwell Football Club Weekly Award Winner ... first-team All-Chesmont three times at running back and twice as a defensive back ... two-time All-Area first-team selection by the Daily Local News ... named All-Area as a junior by the Philadelphia Inquirer ... for his career at Downingtown, he carried the ball 553 times for 4,708 yards (8.5 yard average) and 60 touchdowns, while catching 65 passes for 1,656 yards and eight touchdowns ... had 10 career interceptions, returning four for touchdowns ... as a senior in 1997, he carried the ball 228 times for 1,892 yards (8.3 yard average) and 27 touchdowns ... scored 32 touchdowns his senior season (27 rushing, two receiving, two interception returns and a punt return) ... caught 16 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns ... had four interceptions ... rushed for 198 yards and five TDs in one game in 1997 ... as a junior, he rushed 203 times for 2,012 yards (a 9.9 yard average) and 21 touchdowns ... finished the 1996 season with 32 touchdowns (21 rushing, six receiving, two interception returns, two kickoff returns and one punt return) ... caught 31 passes for 478 yards (average of 15.4 yards a catch) and six TDs during the season ... also intercepted four passes ... helped lead team to a 14-1 record and the state AAAA championship his junior year ... had 17 carries for 182 yards and one touchdown in the championship game, setting a new title game rushing record ... as a sophomore, he carried the ball 113 times for 782 yards (6.9 yard average) and 10 touchdowns ... also scored a pair of two-point conversions, caught 18 passes for 225 yards, intercepted two passes and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns during the 1995 season ... as a freshman, carried the ball nine times for 22 yards (2.4 yard average) and two touchdowns ... made two tackles ... also returned kicks and played on special teams in 1994.

PERSONAL: Arlen Q. Harris ... born 4-22-80 in Chester County, Pa. ... son of William and Paula Harris ... member of Windsor Baptist Youth Group ... has two brothers, Andre (27) and Aaron (24) ... Aaron played fullback at Penn State ... majoring in studio art.

Harris Rushing
Year GP No. Yds. Avg. YPG LP TD
1999 9 30 112 3.7 12.4 15 0
2000 3 25 101 4.0 33.7 28 1
Career 12 55 213 3.9 17.8 28 1

Harris Receiving
Year GP Rec. Yds. Avg. LP TD RPG
1999 9 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.1
2000 3 2 19 9.5 17 0 0.7
Career 12 3 19 6.3 17 0 0.3

Harris Kickoff Returns
Year GP No. Yds. Avg. Long TD
1999 9 7 139 19.9 23 0

Harris Punt Returns
Year GP No. FC Yds. Avg. LP TD
1999 9 16 7 198 12.4 24 0
2000 3 1 1 15 15.0 15 0
Career 12 17 8 213 12.5 24 0


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