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#55 Marcus Harrison
Position: DT
Other Position: DT
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 307
Year: Senior
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
High School: Mills HS / Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy
Experience: 3 Letters
#55 Marcus Harrison
Courtesy: Razorback Media Relations
Release: 09/02/2005

DT, 6-3, 307

SR-3L

Little Rock, Ark.

(Mills HS / Hargrave Military [Va.] Acad.)

 

OUTLOOK: In his time in a Razorback uniform, Harrison has shown clear signs of his potential as an All-SEC performer on the defensive front. However, injuries have hampered the Little Rock native, especially last season when he underwent surgery on his right knee. He suffered another setback last spring when he underwent ACL surgery on April 10 after injuring his left knee. Harrison is battling back, but may not be available for the season opener. He will continue to rehabilitate the injury in hopes of returning to the field sometime in September. Despite the injury, The Birmingham News named him to its pre-season All-SEC second team while Phil Steele’s College Football listed him as the No. 9 defensive tackle in the nation. He is atop the depth chart at right defensive tackle and will be given every opportunity to regain his starting position when he is healthy.

 

2006: Harrison was a force on the interior of the Hogs’ defensive line when he was healthy during the 2006 season. He played in 13 games, starting five contests, but was limited in his role beginning in late September first with a knee injury and then a concussion. He still managed to rack up 42 tackles on the season, including 27 solo stops and 15 assisted stops. He earned 3.5 tackles for loss (-21) and 1.5 sacks (-16). He tallied six quarterback hurries, one pass break up and recovered a fumble. Harrison opened the season in grand fashion tallying a career-high and team-high 12 tackles, including an astonishing 10 solo stops, against No. 6 USC. For his efforts, he was named the inaugural 2006 Hogwired.com Defensive Player of the Week. Harrison was nearly as effective in the Hogs’ second game, as he registered seven tackles, including six solo stops, and a quarterback hurry against Utah State. He collected nine tackles at Vanderbilt, including four solo stops and a TFL (-3). He also earned a team-high five quarterback hurries and broke up a pass. Despite the stellar effort, Harrison suffered a knee injury that sidelined him for the following week. Harrison missed the Alabama game after undergoing knee surgery. He had his right knee scoped on Sept. 25 to remove loose cartilage. He returned to the field just 12 days later to garner two assists on 17 snaps in a 27-10 win over No. 2 Auburn. He saw limited action - just eight snaps in Arkansas’ 63-7 win over Southeast Missouri State. He continued his return to full speed with three tackles, one solo, on 33 plays in a home win over Ole Miss. Harrison sprained his ankle on the first series of the Louisiana-Monroe game. He was not able to start the South Carolina game, but was able to play on a limited basis. He played sparingly in the Razorbacks’ win over No. 13 Tennessee after he suffered a concussion in practice earlier in the week. He played on a limited basis at Mississippi State and did not record a tackle. Harrison played his best game since being injured early in the season, logging five total tackles and three solo stops against No. 9 LSU. He saw his most extended playing time since the start of the season in the SEC Championship Game against Florida. He made two tackles and penetrated into the Gators’ backfield on several occasions. After nearly a month of rest, he looked fresh in the Razorbacks’ bowl game against No. 7 Wisconsin. He earned two tackles, including 1.5 sacks (-16) against the Badgers in the Capital One Bowl. 

 

2005: He became a staple in the middle of the Hogs’ defensive line playing in all 11 contests earning nine starts including the final six-consecutive games of the 2005 season. He started his nine games at left defensive tackle. He ranked 10th on the squad with 37 tackles on the season. Of his 37 stops, 20 were of the solo variety and five tackles were for loss (-17), including one sack (-13). He led the team with 15 quarterback hurries, five more than the nearest Razorback defender in that category. He returned his second career fumble recovery for 25 yards in a win over Mississippi State. He was named the Hogwired.com Defensive Player of the Week after both the Vanderbilt and Mississippi State games. He came off the bench in the season opener and didn’t make a tackle against Missouri State. He made the most of his first start of the season against Vanderbilt, racking up a then-career-high nine tackles against the Commodores. He earned his first TFL (-1) of the season and tallied four quarterback hurries in pressuring VU quarterback Jay Cutler. For his efforts, he was named by UA coaches as the Hogwired.com Defensive Player of the Week. He made his second-consecutive start and earned one solo stop at No. 1 USC. He netted two tackles against Alabama before twisting an ankle late in that contest. Despite the injury, he played one of the best games of his career in a non-conference win over Louisiana-Monroe. He garnered five solo tackles and his first sack (-13) of the season. He also recorded two quarterback hurries against the Indians. He made it two solid efforts in a row with a six-tackle performance against Auburn. He earned three solo and three assisted tackles as well as one quarterback hurry against the Tigers. After a one-tackle outing at Georgia, he posted the first multiple-TFL game of the season against South Carolina. He earned a total of five tackles with two tackles for loss (-2) and one quarterback hurry. He collected three tackles and two quarterback hurries in a UA win at Ole Miss. He helped Arkansas to a second-consecutive league win with a quality effort against Mississippi State. He racked up five tackles and one tackle for loss (-1) against the Bulldogs. He also returned a fumble for 25 yards in the first quarter of the Razorbacks’ 44-10 victory. His high-stepping 25-yard rumble helped set up a Darren McFadden touchdown on the ensuing offensive drive. For the second time on the season, he earned Hogwired.com defensive player of the week honors. He made his ninth season start at No. 3 LSU, but was not credited with a tackle against the Tigers.

 

2004: The first Razorback true freshman position player to start a season opener since safety Greg Lasker in 1982, he started 10 of the Razorbacks' 11 games at bandit end. He finished the season with 31 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss (-5). He earned at least one tackle in 10 of 11 games including three or more stops in five contests. He tallied a career-high six tackles in the Hogs' 27-10 win over Alabama. He became the first UA defensive lineman to score a touchdown in seven years (1997) when he returned a fumble 18 yards against No. 6 Georgia. He earned three solo tackles as the starter at bandit end in his first collegiate game against New Mexico State. He also tallied his first career tackle for loss (-1) in the win over the Aggies. He started, but did not earn a tackle against No. 7 Texas. He made a solo stop against Louisiana-Monroe. He earned a season-high six tackles, including four solo stops, in the Razorbacks' 27-10 win over Alabama. He also earned his first career solo tackle for loss (-1) and pass deflection against the Crimson Tide. He racked up two solo stops in a loss at No. 16 Florida. He tallied two assisted stops and one quarterback hurry in the Razorbacks' loss to No. 4 Auburn. He racked up five solo stops, including one TFL (-3), and returned a fumble 18 yards for a touchdown in a 20-14 loss to No. 6 Georgia. He scooped up a fumble by Bulldogs' quarterback David Greene and returned it for a score in the third quarter. It was the first touchdown by a UA defensive lineman since nose guard Melvin Bradley raced 32 yards with a fumble against South Carolina in 1997. He racked up five tackles in a road loss at South Carolina. Four of his five stops against the Gamecocks were solo tackles. He made three solo tackles and one assisted stop in the Razorbacks' 35-3 win over Ole Miss. He registered an assisted tackle and a quarterback hurry in Arkansas' 24-21 road win at Mississippi State. He earned two solo stops against LSU in the season finale.

 

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Originally signed as a part of the 2003 Arkansas signing class, he spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy playing for Coach Robert Prunty before coming to Fayetteville. He was rated as the No. 11 nose tackle in the nation by Max Emfinger. As a senior, he was a member of The Associated Press Super Team as a defensive tackle. He recorded 40 tackles and two sacks as a junior. He also snared nine passes as a tight end. He recorded an 8-foot, 2-inch standing broad jump and 28-inch vertical jump in high school. He was a high school teammate of current Razorbacks Elston Forte and Farod Jackson. Coming out of high school, he was ranked as the No. 4 overall player in Arkansas and the No. 29 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com. TheInsiders.com ranked him as the No. 77 defensive tackle in the country. He was also rated the No. 72 player in the Southwest by Tom Lemming and given a three-star rating by Forrest Davis. He was SuperPrep’s No. 6 player in Arkansas and Heartland Recruiting’s No. 90 player in the Big 12 region. He was selected to PrepStar’s All-Region IX Team. He was also recruited by Oklahoma and Tennessee.

 

PERSONAL: Born July 10, 1984, he is the son of Calvin and Michelle Harrison. He is enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and is majoring in sociology. He was named a Hard Working Hog for the 2005-06 academic year.


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