Harris Tabbed College Sporting News All-America Honorable Mention
CHICAGO – R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.), a junior wide receiver on the No. 5 University of New Hampshire football team, was named a College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team Honorable Mention selection Wednesday.
It marked the second All-America Honorable Mention honor this season for Harris, who received that accolade from Beyond Sports Network in December.
Harris led UNH in receptions (76), receptions per game (6.3) and receiving yards per game (83.7) despite missing three games due to injury; with those numbers, he ranked No. 20 in the nation in receptions/game and 31st in receiving yards/game. In other stats, Harris was second on the team in receiving yards (1,004) and receiving touchdowns (five). He also carried the ball 12 times for 127 yards and one TD.
On the Wildcats' list of single-season superlatives, Harris' 76 receptions is No. 6 and the 1,004 receiving yards is No. 9. And with those totals, he ascended to No. 2 in career receptions (210) as well as No. 5 in receiving yards (2,777) on UNH's all-time leaderboard.
After the three-game absence, Harris returned Nov. 9 against nationally-ranked James Madison University to record 10 catches for 183 yards and three TDs, all of which were season highs; he was named the New England Gold Helmet Award recipient for that performance in the 33-17 win.
In the NCAA first round game versus Lafayette University, he hauled in eight passes for 173 yards and one touchdown in the 45-7 victory. Harris followed that playoff performance with 85 yards on six catches at the University of Maine (41-27 win) and 11 catches for 110 yards at Southeastern Louisiana University (20-17 victory).
Harris' other 2013 accolades include All-New England Team and CAA All-Conference First Team.
UNH finished the season at 10-5 overall (6-2 CAA) after advancing to the NCAA semifinals for the first time in school history.