Deonte Harris

Deonte Harris (born December 4, 1997) is an American football wide receiver and kick returner for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and signed with the Saints as a rookie undrafted free agent in 2019. Harris grew up in the Baltimore suburb of Middle River, Maryland and played high school football at Archbishop Curley High School where he also lettered in basketball and track & field.[1]

High School

Archbishop Curley High School

As a senior at Baltimore's Archbishop Curley High School, Harris was named the 2014 Varsity Sports Network Offensive Player of the Year for football.[2] He earned All-Conference and All-State honors,[3] and was selected to the Baltimore Sun's First Team All-Metro for the 2014 football season.[4] That same year, Harris led the Friars to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) B Conference Championship and their first undefeated football season in school history, which included a 28-0 shutout victory over traditional MIAA "A" Conference powerhouse Loyola Blakefield, a game in which Harris amassed 206 total yards (140 rushing, 66 receiving) with 2 touchdowns.[5] He recorded 2,030 yards of total offense for that season with 25 touchdowns in 10 games. He ran for 1,450 yards for the season on 130 carries with 20 rushing touchdowns. In the 2014 MIAA Championship game, Harris had 211 total yards, scoring 5 touchdowns in a 56-14 victory over St. Paul's School to win the conference title.[6]

As a junior (2013) Harris rushed for 933 yards on 86 carries for the Friars and scored a total of 18 touchdowns (14 rushing and four receiving). His sophomore season (2012), he went for 676 yards on 63 carries with six touchdowns.[7]


College career

Assumption College Career Highlights:

  • Holds the NCAA record (regardless of division) as college football's all-time leader for combined touchdown returns – 14
  • Holds the NCAA D-II Record for single-season combined touchdown returns – 8
  • Tied NCAA Division-II Record for single-game kickoff return touchdowns – 2
  • Tied NCAA Division-II Record for single-season punt return touchdowns – 5
  • 2017 Northeast-10 Conference MVP
  • 2015 Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year
  • 2018 Second Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association
  • 2018 Northeast-10 Conference First-Team All-Conference as WR & KR
  • 2017 First Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association
  • 2017 First Team All-American by Conference Commissioner’s Association
  • 2017 Second Team All-American by D2football.com
  • 2017 Northeast-10 Conference First Team All-Conference as WR & KR
  • 2015 Don Hansen Football Gazette Second-Team All-American[8]

School Records:

  • Career Touchdowns (45)
  • All-purpose yards in school history- 6,173
  • Combined touchdown returns in school history – 14
  • Combined touchdown returns in a single season in school history – 8 (2017)
  • Punt return touchdowns in a single season – 5 (2017)
  • Punts returned for touchdowns in a single game – 2 (twice)
  • Kickoffs returned for touchdowns in a single game – 2
  • Punts returned for touchdowns in school history – 8
  • Kickoffs returned for touchdowns in school history – 6[9]

Professional career

Harris signed with the New Orleans Saints as a rookie undrafted free agent in 2019.[10][11] After an impressive training camp featuring a 78-yard touchdown return against the New York Jets in the pre-season,[12] Harris made the final cut and was named to the Saints 53-man roster.[13] His regular season NFL debut was made in primetime on Monday Night Football as the Saints primary kick returner during Week 1 of the 2019 season.[14]

References

  1. ^ "Boys Athlete of the Week (Oct. 14): Deonte Harris, Archbishop Curley". baltimoresun.com. October 14, 2014.
  2. ^ "Curley Football's Deonte Harris (2014 Varsity Sports Network's Offensive Player of the Year)". YouTube.com.
  3. ^ "Deonte Harris". assumption.prestosports.com.
  4. ^ "The first team offense". Baltimoresun.com.
  5. ^ "Friars 28 Dons 0". MaxPreps.com.
  6. ^ "The first team offense". Baltimoresun.com.
  7. ^ "The first team offense". Baltimoresun.com.
  8. ^ "Deonte Harris". assumption.prestosports.com.
  9. ^ "Deonte Harris". assumption.prestosports.com.
  10. ^ "Assumption's Deonte Harris signs with New Orleans". Telegram.com. April 27, 2019.
  11. ^ "Too short, small school, injury — no matter. Saints return man Deonte Harris working to overcome obstacles". Daily Advertiser. August 12, 2019.
  12. ^ "Analyzing the Film on Deonte Harris' Punt Return TD vs Jets, Expert Analysis, New Orleans Saints". Youtube.com. August 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "Saints rookie Deonte Harris goes 'off to the races' against Jets with return touchdown". NOLA.com. August 25, 2019.
  14. ^ "Former Assumption star Deonte Harris is ready to debut under Monday night lights". Telegram.com. September 5, 2019.

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