2009: The veteran Harris, a part-time starter in 2008, could start or be a key backup at strong safety as a senior in 2009. He missed the last half of 2009 spring practice to concentrate on his academcs.
2008: Harris served as a backup strong safety and key special teams player as a junior in 2008 and even stepped in as a starter when Kevin Ellison was injured, performing admirably. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games (starting against Washington, California, Stanford, Notre Dame and Penn State), he had 38 tackles, including 4.5 for losses of 17 yards, plus 3 deflections, a fumble recovery and 2 interceptions that he returned for 28 yards (14.0 avg.). As the starter, he had 6 tackles (2.5 for losses) and a deflection versus Washington, 5 tackles (1 for a loss) and 2 deflections against California, 6 tackles (0.5 for a loss) at Stanford, 1 stop against Notre Dame and 6 tackles (with 0.5 sack), a fumble recovery (to set up a USC TD) and an interception against Penn State. As a backup, he had 5 tackles at Oregon State, 4 versus Arizona State and 2 each against Oregon and Washington State (plus the interception, which set up a USC TD).
2007: Harris, whose early career at USC had been hampered by injuries, was a backup strong safety and played on special teams as a sophomore in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in 10 games (all but Idaho, Oregon and California), he had 5 tackles. He had 2 at Arizona State and 1 each versus Nebraska, Washington State and Oregon State. He missed the Idaho opener after suffering a sprained left ankle in 2007 fall camp.
2006: Harris was set to serve as a backup free safety as a sophomore in 2006, but missed the 2006 campaign after tearing ligaments in his right knee while playing pickup basketball in May of 2006, which required surgery. He missed some of 2006 spring drills while recuperating from a 2005 knee injury.
2005: Harris, originally a safety, was moved to cornerback early in his 2005 first-year freshman season and saw limited action there as a reserve and on special teams, but his season was plagued by injuries. He missed USC's first 6 games because of an ankle sprain suffered in 2005 fall camp, then he sprained his right knee against Stanford and was sidelined the rest of the season. Overall in 2005 while appearing in 3 games (Washington, Washington State and Stanford), he made 1 tackle (versus Washington State).
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2004 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Student Sports Top 100, Rivals 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section second team, All-CIF Division VI, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley Player of the Year and All-Miramonte League MVP as a senior defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback at Charter Oak High in Covina (Calif.). He had 108 tackles, 6 interceptions (2 for TDs), 3 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles on defense, while on offense he had 63 receptions for 640 yards (10.2 avg.) with 11 TDs, ran for 372 yards on 23 carries (16.2 avg.) with 4 scores and completed 5 passes for 100 yards and 2 TDs. As a junior in 2003, he was a Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-Valley and All-League first team choice while getting 64 tackles, 7 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery, plus catching 22 passes for 400 yards (18.2 avg.) with 6 TDs. He made All-League as a sophomore in 2002. He also played basketball at Charter Oak, earning All-CIF and All-League MVP honors.
PERSONAL: He's an American studies and ethnicity major at USC.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH WILL HARRIS