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Vernon Harris
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Vernon Harris 813808
Position: CB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas
Major: Engineering

Vernon Harris

First player in program history to start 40 games in a career ... signed a free-agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

SENIOR (2015)
All-Ivy League First Team as a defensive back for the second straight year ... team’s Frank Hershey Award winner ... big part of defense that led the FCS in fewest points allowed, ranking third on the team with 50 tackles, three interceptions and six passes defended ... opened the season with five tackles in the 31-10 win at Georgetown ... doubled his total the following week with a team- and career-high 10 stops to to with a PBU to help the Big Green rout Sacred Heart, 49-7 ... first interception of the year came just outside of the end zone to thwart a Yale drive in the 35-3 homecoming win ... also had six solo stops against the Bulldogs ... made a third-down stop to force a punt, plus had a key pass break up during Columbia’s final drive to help Dartmouth down the Lions, 13-9 ... seven tackles at Harvard included one for a six-yard loss ... picked off two Brown passes, returning one 29 yards, plus had three stops in a 34-18 win over the Bears on the road, earning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors ... among his five tackles in the season finale against Princeton were two on rushes for no gain and another on a one-yard run ... also broke up a pass that eventually led the Tigers to miss a long field goal during the 17-10, Ivy League title-clinching victory ... preseason honors: College Sports Madness Preseason All-Ivy League First Team.

JUNIOR (2014)
All-Ivy League First Team as a defensive back, starting all 10 games at cornerback ... tied for team lead with eight passes defended ... also tied for third on the team with 50 tackles and third in the league with three interceptions ... opened the season with four stops in a 35-25 win over Central Connecticut ... had four more tackles — all solo — at fourth-ranked New Hampshire ... matched his personal high with nine tackles in the 31-13 victory against Penn, plus broke up a pair of passes ... first career interception was critical to the Big Green rallying for a 38-31 win at Yale ... also brought down eight Bulldogs, one for a loss during Yale’s last gasp in the final two minutes ... amassed nine more tackles to help beat Holy Cross, 24-21, one going for a two-yard loss ... also batted down a third-down pass to force a punt ... returned an interception 29 yards at Columbia to set up Dartmouth’s final score in the 27-7 triumph ... forced a Lion fumble and broke up another pass as well ... picked off a pass at Cornell to set up one of the six Big Green touchdowns on the day ... recorded six tackles, including a third-down stop to force a punt, plus scooped up a fumble and returned it four yards in the 41-10 win at Princeton to end the year ... preseason honors: USA College Football FCS Preseason All-America Third Team defensive back.

All-Ivy League Second Team at defensive back ... recipient of the team’s Doten Award as the sophomore that made a significant contribution to the success of the team ... led the Big Green and ranked fourth in the conference with nine passes defended ... also tied for fifth on the squad with 48 tackles ... started all 10 games at cornerback and served on the kickoff coverage team ... recorded at least one stop in every game ... opened the season with six stops in a 30-23 win at Butler ... broke up three Bulldog passes in the win — all in the fourth quarter — including the final on fourth down to seal the Big Green victory ... helped out on a tackle for a loss in the second overtime at Penn ... swatted away a pass on third down to force Yale to settle for a field goal in a 20-13 homecoming triumph over the Bulldogs ... brought down a Bucknell runner on 4th-and-goal at the one to stymie a Bison scoring opportunity ... had another pass breakup on a third down to force a punt against Columbia ... recorded five tackles and broke up a throw at Harvard ... posted another five stops in the 34-6 win over Cornell ... at Brown, tackled seven ball carriers and knocked away a third-down pass that kept the Bears from taking the lead in the fourth quarter ... Brown would not score again in the thrilling 24-20 victory ... finished the year versus Princeton with a season-high nine tackles and broke up two third-down passes late in the game to force the 19th-ranked Tigers to punt in the 28-24 win.

Earned team’s Earl Hamilton Freshman Award as the freshman that made the most outstanding contributions to the team ... thrust into the starting lineup at cornerback for the season opener and started all 10 games ... ranked fifth on the team with 42 tackles and tied for the lead with five passes broken up ... provided perhaps the most important hit of the season, forcing a fumble with 11 seconds to play in a tie game at Holy Cross to set up the game-winning field goal ... also had six stops against the Crusaders, one of which stopped a receiver short on fourth down ... had seven tackles versus Penn and batted down a third-down pass in the end zone to force the Quakers into settling for a field goal ... stonewalled a Sacred Heart rusher for a three-yard loss ... contributed six stops and broke up a pass in the win at Cornell ... recorded a season-high nine tackles against Brown and thwarted a touchdown pass in the end zone.

All-Broward County honorable mention ... chosen for the Public vs. Private All-Star Game ... posted 28 tackles and two interceptions last year ... rung up 13 tackles in a win broadcast early in his senior season by ESPN ... helped football team go 15-0 and garner a spot on the ESPN Rise Powerade National Fab50 his junior year ... also lettered in basketball at Aquinas ... selected Dartmouth over Brown ... will see former high school teammates in almost every game.

Engineering major ... full name is Vernon G. Harris II ... born on June 25, 1994 ... son of Vernon Harris and Melissa Thomas has one brother and one sister ... brother Calvin played running back at Prairie View ... from the same powerhouse high school program as former Dartmouth quarterback Dan Shula ... adept at repairing Xbox and PlayStation video systems.

Complete Career Statistics

2012 10 19 23 42 0.5-2 5 1 0-0 0
2013 10 27 21 48 1.0-1 9 0 0-0 0
2014 10 34 16 50 2.0-3 8 1 1-4 0
2015 10 32 18 50 1.0-6 6 0 0-0 0
TOTAL 40 112 78 190 4.5-12 28 2 1-4 0
2012 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2013 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2014 10 3 29 0 29 9.7 2.9
2015 10 3 29 0 29 9.7 2.9
TOTAL 40 6 58 0 29 9.7 1.5
ALL PURPOSEgrushrcvprkrirtotalavg/g
2012 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
2013 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
2014 10 0 0 0 0 29 29 2.9
2015 10 0 0 0 0 29 29 2.9
TOTAL 40 0 0 0 0 58 58 1.5
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