Nic Harris was thinking hard about the NFL after the 2007 season, but he had a pretty big smile on his face back at the beginning of fall camp when he was asked if he was happy to be back in Norman.
"First and foremost, I am extremely excited," Harris said when asked about his feelings about being back at OU for his senior season.
"I guaranteed my mom that I would go ahead and get my degree. So I will have an extra semester and with the off-season surgery I feel that - for the most part - it has worked out for the best."
Nic Harris makes it clear that he is back to help this team win. He may be up for a Bednarik, the Nagurski, and the Thorpe awards, but he only has one goal on his mind.
"All of that stuff will take care of itself in the end, but right now we have to worry about this season and hopefully a National Championship."
"I don't have to win one award. As long as we go for a National Championship, then I am fine with that."
The defense will be looking to Harris for leadership, and he is the odds on favorite to emerge as the premier player on the defensive side of the ball, and Harris is looking forward to playing his role.
"For the most part, I am trying to take the whole defense under my wing; make sure everybody gets everything done, and make sure that I myself gets better, and we as a team get better as a cohesive unit," Harris said.
"Nic steps up and he talks to the whole defense," OU "Sam" backer Keenan Clayton agreed.
"He lets everybody know what they are not doing (and) what they need to do."
Harris will definitely be playing on Sunday's a year from now, but he has current focus on the season opener.
"For the most part, I am not really worried about that right now,' Harris said when asked the NFL. "I am worried about winning – taking care of the first game – UT Chattanooga."
"Good lord willing it (the season) goes the same, then I have put myself in a better situation at the end of the season."
As a junior, Harris made 74 tackles with 3.5 sacks and two interceptions on his way to earning First Team All-Big 12 honors.