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Maurice Harris Tight Ends
Courtesy: ArkansasState
Release: 02/15/2008

Maurice Harris begins his fourth season with Arkansas State after being named tight ends coach on Jan. 15, 2008.  Harris was also named ASU's recruiting coordinator in 2011.

Harris coached All-Sun Belt Conference selections David Johnson, who was also drafted by the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, and J.T. Jordan during his first two seasons at ASU.  Harris also helped develop Kedric Murry into a starting tight end for the Red Wolves as just a redshirt freshman in 2009, and Trevor Gillott ranked third on the team in receptions and set individual career-best marks last season under his watch.

Murry continues to develop under Harris, recording career-high numbers for both receptions and touchdowns as a sophomore in 2010.  Harris also mentored Jeff Blake as he made the move from fullback to tight end for his senior season last year.  Blake became a big factor in ASU's blocking attack that helped ASU post a school-record 4,481 yards.

During Harris' first two seasons, the tight ends were responsible for 90 receptions for 1,166 yards and 12 touchdowns.

His 2009 tight ends corps helped lead the way for 21 rushing touchdowns, the third most in the Sun Belt Conference, and paved the way for three different ASU players rushing for over 100 yards in at least one game.  The tight ends were a big part of ASU's line that helped the offense to its most yards of total offense (484) against an FBS opponent since the 2007 season as well.

The tight ends were also heavily involved in the ASU running game that ranked No. 18 in the nation and No. 2 in the Sun Belt Conference in 2008.

Harris returned to his alma mater as tight ends coach after serving as Alabama State's offensive coordinator and running backs coach during the 2007 season.

Harris worked with Alabama State Head Coach Reggie Barlow to design the overall offensive game plan and calling plays, according to the Hornets' 2007 football media guide.  He helped the offense improve its total yards and points from the previous season and coached the Southwestern Athletic Conference's leading rusher and MVP Jay Peck.

Prior to his return to Alabama State, where he also served as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator from 2004-05, Harris spent the 2006 season as Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Football Operations at the University of Mississippi.

During his first stint at Alabama State, Harris helped lead the football team to a 10-2 record in 2004 and the SWAC championship.  In addition to his duties as a position coach, Harris was responsible for organizing and planning the Hornets recruiting strategy.

Harris was a four-year letterman with the Red Wolves, including the 1996 season when he recorded a team-high 100 tackles from his safety position, and after earning his bachelor's degree from ASU in 1998, went to Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tenn., as an assistant coach.

He headed Whitehaven's offense, which was tops in the area, and improved its yardage by more than 100 yards per game from the previous season.  He was promoted to head coach at Whitehaven two years later and was named West Tennessee Coach of the Year in 2001 after leading his team to the city and region championships in 2001.

He followed the 2001 campaign up with another city title in 2002 and was named assistant coach in two all-star games.  He was named head coach for the Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game in Tennessee.

During his three seasons as head coach at Whitehaven, Harris posted a 23-12 record and had 32 players sign scholarships to play college football.

Harris and his wife, LaQuesha, have children Arami (14), Cortlynn (11) and Godson DeVonte' (7).

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