Ian Harris, 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end from Churchill High is a San Antonio, Texas is a local player, so it is no wonder he is the first player to roll through the medial room doors this afternoon.
It did not actually hit me until I arrived here today,” Harris began. “I was rushing around this morning trying to get here, and when I arrived it was really exciting.”
“There is a big difference here equipment wise. Here I got a lot of cool things issued that I would not get to use in high school. I got some visors and some cool arm bands and stuff like that, which I can use.”
“You get the whole nine yards,” Harris continued. “They also gave us some new authentic jerseys that college players will not use until next year (Russell is the official authentic jersey provider of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game) . It is cool getting to use that new equipment.”
“Being local there is some extra pressure on you, but I can not wait to get out there and show all the people what I can do.”
Harris will be playing in the game with his high school teammate quarterback Nick Fanuzzi, and he is hopeful that they will hook up often on Saturday.
“Hopefully we get the chance to get in the game at the same time,” Harris said. “I know that he will get me the ball. He always tries, so I know it will be cool.”
Harris watched the Missouri Bowl game, and although he was disappointed in the result he sees an abundance of promise in the program.
“I am really looking forward to getting on the field next year,” Harris explained. “They actually came up short in their game against Oregon State, but a lot of people got to see the different variations in which they use their tight end. I think they fit the type of tight end in the game.”
As a junior, Harris racked up 24 passes for 275 yards and six touchdowns earning All-District honors for his efforts.