Harris And Tigers Hoping To Make History

Auburn deep snapper talks about the life of a walk-on and having the opportunity to play for a national championship.

Scottsdale, Ariz.--When the Auburn Tigers take the field Monday night to face the Oregon Ducks in the BCS National Championship Game, one of the players who may not get noticed but could be one of the most important players on the field will be junior deep snapper Josh Harris.

A former walk-on who earned a scholarship for 2010 season, Harris will be instrumental in the field goal, extra point and punt teams as Auburn's snapper and has been solid in that role since taking over for the 2009 season. Having to earn his way onto the team in 2008, Harris now finds himself playing in the biggest game in college football.

"It's really awesome," Harris says. "It's something that I've always dreamed of. As a kid growing up you watch this game every year and hope one day you can make it there. Now that we have it's starting to sink in that we're about to play the biggest game of our lives. It's going to be an awesome experience. It's really exciting.

"Being a walk-on makes all this that much more special," he adds. "I came in and had to work and prove myself and eventually earned the starting job. I wound up getting put on scholarship. To have this happen, too, it's really surreal. I never would have dreamed just walking on my first day of class as an Auburn student that I would be about to play for a national championship. It's incredible."

The Carrollton, Ga., native also has the chance to make history as he would become the second member of his family to win a national championship playing footbal. Making the story even better is that the first came in 1957 and it came at Auburn on the Tigers' only title team.

"My granddad (Jimmy Morrow) played way back and he was on the team with Lloyd Nix when he quarterbacked the 1957 National Championship team," Harris said. "It's really neat that the last time Auburn played for a national championship I had family on the team. Now with me on this one it's amazing to have those ties to Auburn."

Harris' story isn't amazing, but it is one that every member of Auburn's team respects because being a walk-on is a thankless job much of the time and hard work all of the time. They do the grunt work for the team and rarely do they see the rewards. Kicker Wes Byrum says for him having a guy like Harris to lean on has been one of the blessings of his career at Auburn.

"It has been awesome," Byrum says. "Josh is one of my best friends here and I've known him since I stepped on campus. To come on as a walk on and get a scholarship and then play in this game, it's unbelievable."

With one game left until a possible national championship Harris is a player that has lived in relative obscurity this season as Auburn has remained on track for the ever elusive title. He said as far as he's concerned he would like things to stay that way unless the Tigers get a chance to win the game on the late field goal. For that he says he's "all in."

"We practice it all the time and it's just one of those things where we feel like we're going to be ready," Harris said. "The more time we spend with each other and the more time we do our thing it really takes the pressure off. Yes you think about it but if it comes down to it we know we'll be the group that everybody can count on because we have the confidence of the team."

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