Catching up with Rashad Harris

InsidetheVille.com caught up with former University of Louisville linebacker Rashad Harris to find out what the former All-Conference USA selection is doing these days.

Rashad Harris was a two-year captain and a four-year starter for the Cards and led the team in tackles as a senior. He was apart of the group that helped revive the Cardinals program, helping to guide the team to the school's first Conference USA crown and trips to the Motor City and Liberty Bowls.

ITV: What are you currently doing and what are your immediate plans for the future?

Harris: "I'm spending a lot of time right now working out right now with some of the guys on the team. I have been with two [NFL] teams and made right down to the wire and they talked about bringing back on the roster. I'm going to give it one more shot and then after that I'm going to come back to school and definately get my master's degree."

ITV: Where have you played recently?

Harris: "I played with the Barcelona Dragons last year and had a pretty good season. I got signed after the season by Jacksonville."

ITV: How did you like the experience of playing in NFL Europe?

Harris: "It kind of makes you appreciate where you come from. It was okay for like the first month, but after that everything got old. Just the communication barrier makes it difficult. I knew enough english to get by, but not enough to hold a conversation or possibly live there. It was a nice experience and I'm glad I did it.

"It's a hassle to get everything ready to go over there and play. You have to consolidate all your bills and work out a system to pay them and things like that. I wouldn't mind going back, but it is a hassle."

ITV: What do you think of the current status of the Louisville program?

Harris: "I like what is going on now, with the new coaches. I know both Paul and Bob [Petrino] and they are great coaches. When they were here they put a ton of points on the board and that's what excites the crowd.

"Hopefully we'll have a balanced attack. I know our offense is going to be explosive, so being a defensive person I am more concerned about the defense. The offense is going to be fine. Paul is a fiery guy and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. He works with his receivers a lot. Nothing against the coaches that were here, but Paul demands a lot and has done some great things with his receivers."

ITV: Think back to your playing days here at Louisville.

Harris: "Everyday was something new and every season was a new beginning for me. I was able to get better every year. Even to this day I am working at getting better. I had a great time playing here.

"The Cincinnati game my senior year is a great memory. I had an interception and had like 12 tackles and a sack in that game. That game really stands out in my mind as one my favorites while playing at Louisville."

NOTES:

  • Harris' interception against the Bearcats sealed the victory for the Cardinals. He returned the pick 33-yards for a touchdown, giving Louisville a 38-24 lead with just 20 seconds remaining in the game.
  • Harris recorded 34 tackles for Barcelona this past season.
  • He has also spent time on the Cincinnati Bengals roster.

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